Last week Pres. Mirly of the Mo Dist. Included the news in his weekly message to pastors that a candidate who needed a call in the St. Louis area was available. He had a full time job at Boeing, but could work about 15 hours a week and preach once a month.
When these sorts of things come ones way we ought not to leave them slide by. I contacted the elders and congregation President that I would like to meet with them after the service on Sunday (Pentecost) I had also contacted the District President.
The elders were wondering if I planned to go away. No, I wasn’t but I thought we ought to explore this situation given my health and 72nd birthday coming at the end of the week.
However, while drying off from my Sunday morning shower, it dawned on me (I think it was the Holy Spirit) that we could engage Chris our field worker for three months this summer to do some outreach into the community around the church. Dr. Luom, at Concordia Seminary is also helpful in West African outreach.
Yesterday afternoon Chris called. He had been in Dr. Luom’s office when the person heading the Mission Shift program in St. Louis was in Dr. Luom’s office. He invited Chris to participate in the program. Two members of the congregation could also be involved. Mission Shift is an ecumenical program spearheaded by Concordia Seminary to equip the church for ministry in a world that is looking very different from the Germanic origins of the LCMS. I invited him to attend the Church Council meeting and briefly give a report. I had a sense that there was a convergence of opportunities in the Spirit.
When the treasurer gave his report, among the funds of the church was one from the Lutheran Foundation. No one quite knew when the congregation had received this grant. But I said that it would have been intended for some new ministry of the congregation. It can’t used to fix the roof etc. Charlie, didn’t know why but the amount in this fund came out printed larger than the rest. After I got home, again, it dawned on me that this was not an accident; this was part of the convergence of the Holy Spirit acting.
I made my proposal to the Council, but had to leave before they made a decision. I haven’t heard anything yet.
I’m not going to wait to find out what was decided. My hope is that the Church Council saw the Spirit’s work in all this too.
Look around you. How is the Spirit working in your midst? Remember, the Spirit is like the wind and acts as it wills, not as will. Be alert, because you never know.