Associate Pastor

Pastor Gerry is with us on the third Sunday of the month and also serves the Community of St. Dymas

"Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours.

You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not."

Martin Luther

April 2018

Dear Friends; After 40 years as an Ordained Pastor and about to say farewell to St. Paul Congregation, you would think I might have some wisdom to share. Well I might but wisdom is in the eye of the beholder. So as the angel once said to Mary, “BEHOLD”!

  • + It isn’t our grandparents church any more and it’s not our parents church anymore. Things are changing so fast that sometimes I wonder whose church it is.
  • + So we need to get it through our thick Lutheran heads that it isn’t our church but God’s church. We need to get out of the way and let God do what God is going to do.
  • + We would be a whole lot better off if we would speak the truth of the mothers/fathers (the Gospel) in the language of the children (Jesus loves me) + It is all about Jesus!!!
  • + The most important job of the pastor is to love her/his people. After all God loves ME warts and all. So I need to pass the Creator’s love around.
  • + It seems to me that the pastor has something to offer. After all she/he has been called, trained, approved, voted on, goes to conferences and workshops, and spends time reading and talking with other pastors. Perhaps she/he has can lead St. Paul’s into the future if we would only let him/her.
  • + Everyone should lighten up. Church should be FUN!
  • + The church needs to stand up for what is right in society. If we don’t…who will. Peace, love and justice is more than just prayers on Sunday morning…it is the Christian lifestyle!
  • + Too much talking…more doing! + St. Paul’s best days are still ahead!!!

Everyone has a book in them. Lucky for you that is mine (or perhaps only an outline)!

Blessings on the Years Ahead!

Pastor Gerry