PASTOR’S PEN
 

Trinity Sunday

Hi Friends — What a great celebration of Pentecost we had last Sunday. I sure felt the presence of the Spirit! I hope you did. This coming Sunday is called Trinity Sunday. We celebrate the One God — revealed in three ways — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is much confusion about this doctrine and what it means. A simple and helpful definition for me, comes from a writer named Frederick Buechner. He writes: “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit mean that the mystery beyond us, the mystery among us, and the mystery within us are all the same mystery.”
I hope to see you Sunday to celebrate the One who is beyond, among, and within. 
 
Shalom,
 
Steve


They Refashion Who They Are

Tonight (Thursday) we start our book discussion group on “The Second Mountain” by David Brooks. It will be in the Red Room at 7 PM.
  In preparing for our discussion, I came upon these words that really spoke to me. “When people make generosity part of their daily routine, they refashion who they are. The interesting thing about your personality, your essence, is that it is not more or less permanent like your leg bone. Your essence is changeable, like your mind. Every action you take, every thought you have, changes you, even if just a little, making you a little more elevated or a little more degraded.”
  In the Church we talk about Spiritual Formation. This involves spiritual practices that form us in the faith over time. Worship, prayer, bible study, devotional reading, and acts of service have a way of elevating us over time to a life we would not have had otherwise.
  Brooks says, “The people who radiate a permanent joy have given themselves over to lives of deep and loving commitment. Giving has become their nature, and little by little they have made their souls incandescent. There’s always something flowing out of the interiority of our spirit. For some people it’s mostly fear or insecurity. For the people we call joyful, it’s mostly gratitude, delight, and kindness.”
 In joy,
 
Steve



 
Pastor Steve Lundin