October 2014

October 2014 – Intern’s Desk

A Letter From Christ… To the World
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
II Corinthians 3.2-3

To the beloved of God at St. Peter,

What is the church all about? The Apostle Paul writes to the Christian community in Corinth, a community transformed and united by the love of God in Christ Jesus. He calls them a letter. We, both individually and communally, are letters. Now, what does that mean?

A letter has something to say, usually some sort of news to share. And so does the church. As a community, we are witnesses of God’s loving action for us in Jesus Christ. We know the love of God which is so deep and so vast that God took on our human flesh, suffered, died and was raised, that we might have new life. Christ has drawn us into the loving embrace of God. And that love has been written on our hearts.

A letter is written. We have been written by Christ. But inherent to the character of a letter is that a letter is also sent. As the church, we are sent out into the world to witness to this love of God. As a church in the Hillyard community, as individuals about Spokane and throughout the world, our presence is a reflection of Jesus. To be sure, sometimes the reflection is dim – our hand writing can be hard to read, our ink may smudge, our envelopes can be tough to open. But our content is Christ, and that news is too good not to share!

As I settle in at St. Peter, I find myself thinking about the nature of the church. What is it all about? I am hoping that I can encourage you to think about this with me. As I get to know you, worship with you, pray with you, I am beginning to read the letter labled, “St. Peter.” And I am eager to continue the read. So pick up a pen and write me a letter. Tell me about this place. Who are we? What are we about? What message has been written on St. Peter Lutheran Church to be sent to the world? I look forward to hearing from you.

Grace to you and peace,
4620 N. Regal St.
Spokane, WA 99207