Countless times over the past few months I have thought “I really need to write this person a thank you note.” Somehow, though, those notes never quite got written. And there are so many people to thank. Understand, this burst of gratitude isn’t because of a specific event or occasion. Yes, we made it through another Easter and Christmas which is cause for thanks, but it’s broader than that. Our life together as church is varied. It contains both the flicker of Christmas Eve candles and the dull anxiety of filling a church council. Such is the way of the church. But whether we are about the sacred or mundane we remain the Body of Christ. And I am so grateful to be in that body with all of you.
To those who volunteer to fold bulletins, sort food, haul boxes, set up tables, sew quilts, bring snacks, and so much more, thank you. Your labor in any amount helps build the Kingdom.
To those who lead committees and task forces with mixed feelings and busy schedules. Thank you. Your energy and time are gratefully received.
To those who read, usher, and assist in worship, thank you. It is a privilege to pray beside you.
To those who have tried new things and stepped into new roles, thank you. Your boldness is a witness to God’s faithfulness.
To those who keep on in faithful service, thank you. May God sustain you in your ministry.
To those who plant flowers, weed gardens, and mow grass, thank you. You have treated God’s house like your own and it shows.
To those who give us the gift of music, thank you. Your ministry lifts our spirits.
To those whose work and family obligations make coming to church a struggle, thank you. You are a gift to your children and your community, and I pray for you.
To those who are unable to help as they’d like to or once did, thank you. Your very presence testifies to the life and love of Christ. You are enough.
To the children who dance, sing, giggle and wiggle their way through worship, thank you. Your movement reminds all of us that the Holy Spirit is never still.
To those who teach, guide, and welcome young and old, thank you. Yours is the hospitality of Jesus.
To those who listen and console the sorrowful, thank you. I am daily grateful for your compassion.
I could go on and maybe at some point I will, but for now, know that I am so glad and so honored to be your pastor. Thank you.
About the Blog
Journey through the season of Advent with daily updates on the adventures of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Belliacre, MI as they attempt to cobble together a Christmas Pageant with an unlikely cast of characters.
Stephanie is an art educator and a landscape/portrait artist. Her inspirations come from the amazing people she meets and the gorgeous state of Michigan as well as her home state of Florida. She and he husband love nature. They are out in the water during the summer months and on the snow in the winter enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
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Christ the King Lutheran Church
600 S. M 18
Gladwin, Mi. 48624
Pastor Emily Olsen