A word from Pastor Rich Block
Recently I had the opportunity to return to Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. That is where I studied to be a pastor. Some of my classmates were also at this reunion and continuing education event.
One morning our conversation turned to what we enjoy and like about ministry.
I have thought about that response and here are some of the things that I really enjoy and feel called to do.
* Preach the Good News of God
* Lead worship, including praise to God and celebration of the Sacraments
* Supporting individuals, couples and families in various life situations
* Equipping people to serve where God calls them and the need of the congregation
or world meet
So now it is my turn to ask you: what is it that you enjoy about the ministry that you do in and through the church? "What, me?" you ask. "I am not a pastor." Probably true since some pastors may also be reading this message, but you are a 'minister in daily life' and one whom God is equipping to help do God's mission. Remember our closing words in the Service of Baptism where we welcome the newly baptized "into the mission we share: join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God's creative and redeeming word to all the world." (ELW, page 231).
So what is it that you enjoy in your ministry?
Messenger Message from Pastor Rich Block
Earlier in September was the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of my ordination as a pastor and for being at Mt. Calvary for 15 years. Thank you very much for all of the thoughts that were shared, for the friends and colleagues who came to the
celebration, for all of the cards and gifts that I was given!
One of the important themes that was reinforced for me is that we are doing
ministry together. The Apostle Paul wrote “Brothers and sisters, become imitators of me and watch those who live this way – you can use us as models.” (Common
English Bible, Philippians 3: 17). So also may we be models for one another!
It was also an opportunity for me to recall some of the “key ideas” of my life,
preaching and teaching. Here is a summary of my notes.
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Living River Quartet
Was at Mt Calvary on October 11,2014.
We hope that you enjoyed an evening of music and sharing of their faith.
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