A Time of Rest…

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SabbaticalSabbatical is based on the Biblically-mandated period of rest. All of creation needs rest as is evidenced in the seasons, human sleep, and the Sabbath. In recent years many Lutheran congregations have adopted Sabbatical policies for their pastors, realizing that being a pastor can be challenging dealing with the many and varied life situations of congregational members, working most weekends and holidays, and leading the administration and mission of the church.  Fortunately, God equips pastors for these and many other tasks, since God is responsible for calling pastors into ministry. It is also fortunate for me, that Peace adopted a Sabbatical Policy in June of last year that makes me eligible for a three-month period this year, and ensuring a minimum of two more years of service as your pastor here at Peace!

I plan to take this Sabbatical time from May 20th through August 19th. Our congregation has been blessed with several capable people to carry on pastoral responsibilities while I am away. Our President, Stephanie Lauritzen, has the confidence and leadership qualities, along with our Church Council, to keep the congregation functioning at its high level during my absence. Retired Pastor Spike Shine has agreed to be available to provide pastoral care in any crisis situations that may arise.  Several different members will be sharing preaching and leading worship responsibilities. Our Caring Crew of trained Stephen Ministers will provide Holy Communion visits for homebound members. We are all in God’s hands where there is no better place to be, and as we heard in last Sunday’s Gospel (April 21st), “No one can tear us away from Jesus or the Father!”

I’m looking forward to this time of rest, recreation, family activities (including the wedding of our daughter, Jennifer, and a family vacation), yard work, reading, writing, catching up on things that have been put on the back burner for too long, and more.  I ask that you keep me in your prayers, as I will keep you in my prayers.  We all belong to a remarkable and gifted congregation in this family of God, Peace Lutheran Church! Thanks be to God!

Pastor Wandrey