"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10b
Grace and peace to you from God our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.

This my first and perhaps only opportunity to thank everyone associated with this ministry reading this newsletter. I thank you for the opportunity to serve this ministry during this brief interim. Thanks to each of you who have shared your welcoming greetings with me during my first week of service here at Christ the King.
I do have some history with this ministry over the past twenty years when I served as pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Uptown New Orleans. We have shared many ministry opportunities together over the years and I'm delighted to be back.
I share this verse from John's gospel to introduce the ministry that I hope to bring to this community of faith during the next four weeks. The work before us is to first discern God's will purpose and calling to this congregation that comes through the weekly text that form our message each week. I will be faithful in the use of the lectionary series in the process of discernment, to speak a word from God into your hearing and hopefully into your hearts.
The second piece of the work will be to help you to catch the vision of what God is saying to this congregation about its life and future. The word of God put before you will often be a prophetic word, meaning it will tell of what God has done in your past, is doing right now, or what God is about to do. The invitation is for us to get on board with what God is already doing, rather than trying to come up with our own devices and plans.
That brings us to the third thing which is to actually do the work that God is calling this congregation. A calling leading towards the future of the ministries that emanate from within these sacred walls. By the way this is the hard part! Actually doing the work. We are good at having meetings and talking about the issues concerns and work, however actually doing what is required...that means making a sacrifice of time.

The reason I selected this passage is to point to the desire to improve the quality of life in this congregation through the gaining of a clearer vision of who you are and who you are to become. And know this, you are being called by God to "change." We know the definition of insanity is to do the something over and over again expecting different results. Another way I like to put it is; "if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got!”

I want to personally invite you to come out during the next four weeks and see what God is doing in this place, and may the shalom of God surround you.

Sincerely;
Pastor Keen

 

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