June 7 Update

A Message from the Interim Pastor…

On this coming Sunday, the congregation will hold its Annual Meeting for Reports and Elections, just 3 weeks short of the end of my first year as your interim pastor. A lot has happened during our time together. Most of it has been outlined in my report to the congregation. But some things are worth repeating and I would like to highlight one of them.

On July 2, 2023 when I led worship at Atonement for the first time, I was struck by how incredibly quiet and sedate everyone was. Before the service began, there was dead silence in the pews. Even after the service had ended, there was almost no chatter among folks. In contrast, on this past Sunday, there were many people engaged in lively conversation before the prelude began and almost everyone was chattering after the postlude had ended. This transformation is nothing short of incredible. The word that comes to mind when I think about this is joy. There is a sense of joy on Sunday morning that was not there a year ago.

I think that there were only 9 people in the pews on that first Sunday. This past Sunday there were 20. On Easter Sunday there were nearly 50. This transformation is also nothing short of incredible. I attribute it to that joy I mentioned just a few sentences ago. You see, joy is contagious. Joy is transformational. Joy is what worship is supposed to be about. As I said in this past Sunday’s sermon, the psalmist enjoins us to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”

You have come a long way in just one short year. There’s more work to be done, but I believe that you are on the right path. You’ve made incredible progress toward restoring Atonement Lutheran Church as a place of vibrancy and relevance, both within the community that worships and within the community outside your doors. I congratulate you!

Peace and blessing,
Pastor Michael

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