Over this past fall through our Connect Bible study I have been swimming in the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5. Although there is similar list of blessings in Luke, Matthew's list is a bit more comforting, which is something that we all need. Matthew gives us a list of things that point to our reality and the hope that is still present. However, Matthew also includes ideals that we should pursue, to chase after with the intent of catching… like peace, righteousness, and mercy. It is in pursuing these things that we wear God's name… we are called children of God. Part of that pursuit includes care for the health of our worshipping community, our kids, and our wider community.
That is why we have decided to continue our online only worship. Jesus does not include a “blessed are the stubborn” in the list. At times I wish he did though, because the stubbornness in me longs to return to in person worship. This summer outdoors was life-giving to us all. However, we do know what scripture says about stubbornness - 35 The wise will inherit honor, but stubborn fools, disgrace. (Pro 3:35) Sounds a bit like the beatitudes listed in Luke. A bit harsher than Matthew. Now you know why I like the Matthew list a bit more.
We will continue to develop creative ways to be community with and for one another and we will keep you up to date each week. We continue to be guided by Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC, and our local schools. We are also guided by research and education around this pandemic. We have included a link to a presentation that was recently given at St. Olaf College in Northfield MN. (Where my son attends.) Take a look.
Blessings to you all.
Pastor Paul Dean