When I was walking through an art museum at Washington DC, I happened to see a statue of David from the Bible story. The Bible tells of how at his youth he was a shepherded. And in this statue, David is holding a shepherd’s staff alongside a lamb. I thought, how precious. Then in the next room, I saw another statue of David. This time David had his foot on the head of Goliath. With this one, I thought, how brutal. Then I walked on to another room.
My 52-week service as the vicar, the intern pastor, of Hanover is now completed. There is so much I have learned, and there is so much I that has shaped me through this ministry experience. Much of it is done through the shadowing under my pastoral supervisor, the pastor of Hanover. Yet, at the same time, the people of the congregation also provide care and support as I serve them with the help of God. I could tell of all the fun and amazing things I have been a part of at Hanover, but I think you can get the idea through one example. That one example would be the Monday night Bible study.
Jesus is risen. He has risen indeed. Alleluia. As a church, as believers in Christ, every Spring season we remember Jesus Christ who has risen from the grave. Not only do we remember that is Jesus alive but that we are still waiting for his return to this Earth to bring his people everlasting home. And as Ascension Day is coming soon, we remember that after Jesus arose from the grave, he also ascended into the heavens, kind of like Elijah, and is sitting at the right hand of God the Father.
It’s February here in Cape Girardeau. I said to one of the parishioners, “I hear it’s been a mild February winter.” They replied, “It feels more like spring.” I said, “Though I am from California, I am not praying for a mild winter.” I am enjoying it though. I was told though that the snow any still show up anytime before Easter. The groundhog apparently saw his shadow, so maybe there will be six weeks snow ahead of us.
As the year 2016 is coming to an end, I’m almost half way through my vicarage. At Hanover, I’ve learned a lot about serving as a pastor, and yet I know there is so much more to learn. Not only are the parts of worship service important, but also special events where people are getting together and being there for each other in the name of Jesus Christ is a huge part of ministry as well. I know that all that I’m going through will prepare me for the ministry that is ahead of me.
It’s already been two months since I have been at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As far as I know, it’s the only Hanover Lutheran Church out there. I dare you to prove me wrong. The people who first planted the congregation in Cape Girardeau was from the German lands in 1846. They had arrived in America several years before the leaders who organized the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod had arrived.
What a year! I have completed my second intense year at Concordia Seminary. So what does the future hold for my four-year program? Well, the third year I will be serving my vicarage, my internship. I have been blessed with the privilege of serving my vicarage at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I can’t wait to get there after my summer activities with my friends and family.
Of all my letters that I have sent out for this school year, not one of them comment about my Residential Field Education Church, the church I serve at on Sunday mornings. When I first heard about my assignment to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, I was expecting anything when I walked into the church. But once I had walked in, I had quickly become welcomed by a group of heartwarming people. I look forward to worshiping with them every Sunday.
The season of Lent is here. It is a time of preparation for Easter. It is a time when the alleluias are not sung. It is a time to walk through Jesus's 3-year ministry in 40 days. The closer the days come to the end of the season of Lent, the greater the passions arise toward Christ. As the number of Jesus's followers increase, the numbers of the Jews who want to destroy Jesus increase.