“I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service” I Timothy 1:10
It doesn’t seem possible that it has been 25 years since I began service in ordained ministry. But then I look at my children heading out on their own, and I have to admit the years have passed. I want to express my very sincere thanks to all of you who sent greetings and were so generous in celebrating the 25th anniversary of my ordination at the ELC Community Festival in September. I am humbled by your caring for me and my family, and feel privileged to serve in this place.
As I look back on the past years, I recognize that many things have changed in our world and within the church. The challenges to ministry have always been great, they just differ over time. But what doesn’t change is that all ministry is empowered by the same Spirit. That is true not just for those who serve as ordained pastors, but it is just as true for every Christian. We are all called into particular areas of service, and all strengthened by the same love of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes we might lose sight of the fact that while day to day the church might struggle, in the bigger picture we serve a God whose kingdom will always persevere. We serve a Savior whose love is stronger than human hatred, whose forgiveness is more powerful than human sin, and who gives life which is greater than death.
It is a joy to be a part of that ministry, no matter what else is going on in the world.
Pastor John Twiton