Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for October 2018
I'm beginning to use more social media -- I guess blogging is considered social media. I still don't post many comments or photos on Facebook, but who knows what might happen in the future. A part of me really likes the newfangled ways of doing thing -- smartphones, Google Docs, Ebooks, etc. It is quick and easy, for the most part, but can have its complications too. I often write my sermons in Google Docs and use my electronic tablet to read it or refer to it during my sermon time. As many of you know (Confirmation Sunday) my tablet froze and was unusable for the time I needed it. Luckily, I had worked on that sermon all week so that I had a good sense of what I wanted to say. But, it let me down. I also sometimes write my notes in longhand (cursive -- not taught in schools anymore, I think) using a yellow pad and fountain pen. In the same way, sometimes I prefer to read Ebooks and sometimes I prefer the paperbound book. I guess it's nice to have the option.
I wonder with all of the quick and easy ways of connecting with people if we are actually more connected in a meaningful way to each other. I wonder about the content and tone of texts, emails, snapchat, Facebook, etc. Is it "fluff" -- taking pictures of food at a restaurant? Or is it an avenue for deep conversations? Like everything else, I guess, it can be used for both. Also, what about person to person physical contact -- being in the same room or talking together in person? Have we lost some of that? Is that important?
My ultimate question is: Do we share our faith in a meaningful way using various methods of communication? Is the Gospel "preached"?
I come back to the ways in which Jesus conveyed the message of the love of God to the people who he encountered. Sometimes he taught and healed up close and personal and sometimes he taught and healed among the crowds or from a distance. The Word got out and was effective. The point being that he did get the word out with whatever means he had available. We can do the same.
May the Word of God be with you in whatever form it takes!