A Message from +Bishop
Aitken on weekly worship:
What a privilege, once
again, to worship with you on July 5th. Jesus' challenge and promise of
unconditional love for all of us in today's Scripture and his willingness and
promise to lighten our burdens, spoke through your sermons and liturgy to my
Here's what I heard
from several of you this morning by way of online worship:
Change is inevitable –
it is our experience of it that determines whether it can be life-giving or
heart-breaking. It doesn't take much imagination to remember the past, and
even less to stubbornly demand we return exactly to it. Yet, the Church has
always experienced change, something we often forget to acknowledge, to our
own detriment. We all have our burdens, some of them far less than other
people in our society. Perhaps one of the new challenges is to silence the
insistence that the old days were better.
The time is now.
Perhaps we are being
refined in a holy fire, maybe we need to suffer death before new life comes.
Jesus invites us to come to him, wherever we are today in our faith and life.
Draw your strength from Christ and you will bear fruit in his name. No matter
your woes, you cannot stop his love and care for you.
You strengthened me
today, dear congregations. Many thanks for your fine witness. Carry on during
this pandemic - just as faithfully as you are already doing, good and
faithful congregations in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod.