A Fall Letter from Pastor Joe

Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.  Matthew 4:19

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Peace and grace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer: days at the pool, fresh produce from your garden or farmers market, and time with friends and family.

In August we returned to our 10:30 worship time and kicked off Sunday school.  During worship, we focused on the way of Jesus.  When I began the series, I reflected on the many challenges of the last year we have had as a congregation and a denomination.

When Jesus called his first disciples he invited them to follow him.  Certainly, Jesus meant this literally but he also meant it figuratively.  As his disciples, Jesus calls us to observe his teachings and his lifestyle.  Rev. Dr. Jack Seymour has identified six guideposts of the way of Jesus:

  • Loving God and Neighbor  Matthew 22:34-40
  • Living in God’s grace Mark 4:1-20
  • Looking for the realm of God Mark 1:14-15
  • Calling people to the banquet table Luke 14:1-24
  • Resisting the time of trial Hebrews 11:29-12:2
  • Proclaiming the resurrected one Luke 24:45-49

Over the next month, take some time with each of these.  As Jesus’ disciple, where do you need some improvement?

As many of you know, I was on spiritual renewal leave in July.  While away, I did not take my flute or piccolo with me.  Recently, I have returned to the practice room.  Let’s just say, “There is room for improvement.”

We do this for the hope of heaven on earth and for the people Jesus has called us to love.

Christ’s Servant  ~




The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson