“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.”
Before I received the first piece of paperwork about Shepherd of the Hills, I heard stories about the love present within the congregation and how this congregation works to share that love with others in Evansville, in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, in the ELCA, and in the world. As a congregation, you are known and you are talked about as being the light and love of Christ in the world! That’s a big deal!
As I began conversations with the Call Committee, Council, and then with the entire congregation, this passion became abundantly clear. It seemed to permeate each and every conversation and was clear as the driving force behind why each event or choir practice or Sunday School class is taught here – to teach about Christ’s love and working in our lives and to share that with others we meet.
This outpouring of Christ-like love continued as I moved into the parsonage and was welcomed with a brand new washer and dryer, new blinds, and some of those necessities for those first few days in a new house (even some dog treats for Finna)! It continued during the Installation service when I blanked on the blessing and you all laughed with me and gave grace for a new pastor.
This is certainly a place where God’s love is found and freely given! For this, I give thanks whenever I pray Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. I encourage you to join me in prayers of thanksgiving as well as for God’s guidance as we live into our new future together.
As we continue through Lent, hearing stories of the surprising ways Jesus shows up in our lives on Sundays and hearing stories of our own brokenness that has been restored in Christ on Wednesdays, let us continue to live into the thankful excitement that is present at Shepherd of the Hills! There are wonderful things happening here! Let’s share the good news of what God is doing here with the world!
Peace & Blessings,