A Letter from Pastor Dean
Abiding Savior has welcomed Pastor Dean as our interim pastor. He is here to help us through the call processes and guide us in the interim.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10: “...as it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived' - the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.”
When is our country going to get back to normal? When is Abiding Savior going to “open up for worship?” What is happening with the MET process, i.e. the Mission Exploration Process? How will the future ministry of Abiding Savior unfold?
All good questions! One response: have you ever heard of Murphy’s Law? It goes like this: “If anything can go wrong, it will. If nothing can go wrong, it will anyway.” There are many derivatives of the “Law,” like: “The other line always moves faster.” Or, “Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.” The real clincher, “Murphy was an optimist.”
Implications? As to the COVID issue: worldwide, lots of things have gone wrong as to understanding it, leading to differing Murphy Law experiences during political and social applications. So, medical folk are passionately searching for new input for next steps.
As can be expected, these COVID-Murphy-type dynamics have impacted initial thoughts and actions as to when and how to open up Abiding Savior. Ideas as to when, and how, have been changed a number of times. The same applies to council and to the MET process. Most particularly it has not been easy connecting or communicating with council members or the MET team with online meetings. Several Murphy-isms have occurred. Confession: My own lack of technological prowess has probably not helped.
However, the Good News: your council folk and MET team members are resilient, creative folk. And, God is still “stirring the pot” as to guiding both the council and MET team members. Input and encouragement from the Synod has been abundant. Likewise, other resources from nationally known, professional consultants are being considered. And, yes, even scripture that we meditate upon offers insights and encouragement.
Thankfully, scripture reminds that God is God of the past, present and future. “‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived’ - the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.” Many have experienced how God has provided new insights and opened new doors for ministry. I have experienced this personally in a number of exciting, satisfying ways during my 40 years of ministry.
When Murphy's Law seems supreme, God provides a way. As we continue to love and trust that God is preparing, more of the new will be revealed by God's Holy Spirit. Trusting includes using the gift of patience. I know, even this can have its Murphy-isms so give me a call if you are desiring other information or clarification, 262-899-8139.
To God's Glory and for the Kingdom's Benefit – In Christ, Pastor Dean