Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin
7557 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 925.828.1580
A Word from Our Pastor...
September is here and classes are starting again. In addition it seems like there are a hundred different church construction projects going on around the church. It looks like it might be time to start feeling overwhelmed. It makes you wonder why we would choose to go through all of this.
The truth is that although all of the repair and renovation we are doing will change the way our buildings and sanctuary look to us and to others there is a greater reward. This kind of outward change will also change the way we as a congregation feel about ourselves as well. Though we may feel overwhelmed right this minute, by Christmas most of the work will be done and the inner changes will have already started to assert themselves.
So what are these changes and how can a lot of construction affect us as a congrega- tion? It all centers around the way we feel about ourselves. If all we see are things that need to be done, things that have needed to be done for quite a while, we develop not just negative feelings but negative attitudes. An attitude is what we develop when feelings hang around for a long time or are really strong and are repeated enough to get ingrained. Negative feelings actually color who we are and how we appear to others. Positive feelings unfortunately are not as strong as negative feelings. By Christmas we will have seen enough positive change that it will actually begin to spill over and even visitors will begin to notice not only the renovations we are doing but our renewed spirit and positive attitude. We are not just renovating our building but our attitude as well.
In a very real way this is what reformation is all about as well. Our Lutheran Church is not supposed to be a “denomination” but is instead a reforming movement within the church universal. Everything gets run down, buildings, people and organizations. The church is no different, God may not get stale but we do. Sometimes we do things so often that we forget why we are doing them. We can also develop private languages that make us incomprehensible to visitors. When those things start to happen it is time to renovate, or as Luther put it, reform.
God gets in on all of this as well. As Paul puts it; Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-- what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 This is the center of the Christian faith, God is changing us, we are being reformed, renovated, transformed into the image of God in Christ Jesus. Like all our building projects this transformation is not happening all at once, the stucco has to be done before the roof, the awning needed to go up before the playground. All things fit into the order to enable the next step in the process. We are changing and so is our church, both physically and internally. Growth and change seems pretty natural for the children of God.
Weservea living God and the life we have been granted is a process of growth and change that takes a lifetime. Even as we renovate our church God is renovating us. As the Lord tells us at the end of the book of Revelation, ”See, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5
Pastor Jim Bliss