Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and prosper for us the work of our hands—
O prosper the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17
Pastor Ruben Mostrom quoted this verse from Psalms as he began his message to the membership of ELC over 50 years ago, as our congregation embarked on the building our current structure. The cornerstone of this building was laid in 1960. Now our congregation has again committed to a plan which is designed to enhance our ministry for the coming years.
The words Pastor Mostrom used then seem to echo for a new generation today: “Now it is our turn to continue to express our faith in terms of our day and our needs. We have a responsibility because we are many, and because we have inherited. Others before us have served well and faithfully in ministry and life. We dare not do less. We who love our Lord, love our congregation and our church. This moment and its hopes is not an ambitious pipe dream of the young—it is a sober NEED and TRUST for all who name the name of Christ.” (reprinted from the “To the Glory of God” booklet distributed for the building campaign in 1960)
I know there are many reading this who helped make that building project the success it has been, and we will need your experience and encouragement as we move ahead. And there are many of my generation and younger who have benefitted from all the work of those who came before. It is time for us to come together, not just to build a structure, but to build and enhance the Lord’s ministry for this community today, and for the generations who will follow us. Thanks be to God!