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Some thoughts from your pastor…

In Ephesians, Paul makes it very clear that the central issue of the faith is to be found In Christ. At least 30 times in the short letter to the Ephesians, Paul uses this phrase in Christ or in him. It is because of the blood of Christ (the death of Christ on the cross) that every barrier that divides people is broken down and all who are in Christ are united into one Family.

Paul expresses this unity in Christ in his letter to the Galatians this way: “…for in Christ you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were Baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ.”

Paul might well have gone one step further in saying that you are also no longer of different nationalities, of races, or colors or any other worldly designation that creates divisions between people. When one is in Christ there is nothing that can create a wall of separation. The unity in Christ is a far stronger bond than anything that can create separation.

Summer tends to be a time of relaxation, travel and vacation for a great many people. Where will this summer take you? Into what new territory, place or experience will you find yourself? Keep in mind that whenever or where ever you meet new people, those who are in Christ are your brothers and sisters in the Faith, you are one with them. Visit a Christian worshipping community when you are traveling. It can be a very rewarding experience to share in declaring Christ as Lord in a new or different manner.

Norma and I worship in a local congregation as often as our traveling schedule allows. On our last trip we worshipped in a predominantly black congregation. As it turned out there was a misunderstanding in regards to the ordained pastor who was to officiate at the Holy Communion. In conversation they found out that I am an ordained Lutheran Pastor and asked me to officiate at the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It was for me a neat experience and after worship we were invited to the home of one of the parishioners for lunch and a very pleasant few hours of fellowship. When you are in Christ it makes all the difference in the world.

Remember to carry Christ with you during your summer travels. Let it show that you are in Christ

In Christ,

Pastor Grube