Pastor's Note

“From the fullness of God we have all received grace upon grace.” John 1:16

Dear Blessed Community,

How are you? I mean, how are you really

As we emerge from the worst days of pandemic, we might place an expectation upon ourselves to feel GREAT, GRATEFUL and BLESSED that most of our community of faith are fully vaccinated, that our activities are far less limited, that we are working our way back to a “new normal.”  Perhaps the pressure to feel a certain way comes from within, or maybe others are placing it on us.

I’m not 24/7 happy (though I am joyful in God)--and some of these recent days have felt lower than back in February. If there’s one thing I want to keep holding onto--for myself and others--it’s the notion of “pandemic grace.” It’s a level of compassion and understanding for self and others that we still need.

I find myself making “social errors” I don’t remember making very often pre-pandemic. (One of the funnier examples was at the close of my first in-person meeting I got up and turned the lights out before the people had even stood up to leave!) I’ve forgotten some key dates for people in our parish, and have been prone to assuming the negative until I’m shown that the positive is actually true. 

I stand in need of grace--as we all do, as we always do.

For that reason--and so much more--the verse at the top of this page fills a spiritual need for me. I’m grateful for the reminder--God has provided for me, and for Redeemer, grace upon grace. This will continue.

A wonderful video journalist named Matthew Myers ( stopped by with BeeVangelist Charlie Koenen yesterday. He’s doing a 30 minute special for CBS on Urban Beekeeping and wanted to hear about how we’ve connected congregational life and beekeeping at Redeemer. He’s a gentle soul with incredible talent; and he will be in worship with us on June 13th to capture us “in the hive” as we worship and confirm Tristan and Kiara.

Matthew’s interview questions brought forward so many “grace upon grace” memories from Redeemer; some that I’d forgotten in pandemic grief fog.  Here’s a favorite from Summer 2017:

For the first six years of ministry at Redeemer, I found it slightly irksome to pull into the driveway and see what you see in the photo above. That worn, colorless rectangle of sloppy stucco with a big telephone pole and random wires in front of it. I wondered what could be done to turn it from a deficit to an asset. That’s Adam Nilsen in the photo, the artist who ended up creating the one-of-a-kind bee mural that now beautifies the south side of Redeemer’s building and proclaims us a “Hive of Activity.” He brought the expertise, and equipment, the paint . . . but . . . what to do about that pesky telephone pole?
    OUT OF THE BLUE I tell you, without prompting or even prayer, the phone rang just as we were trying to plan for the mural.  “Pastor Lisa? This is WE Energies. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we really need to relocate the telephone pole from the back of your building to the small lawn space to the side. There will be no cost to you, but we do need to get on this project right away.”

Grace upon grace.

Do you have a grace upon grace story to tell today? I’d love to hear it.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Lisa

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