Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors;
we borrow it from our children.”
The quote above, found on a wall at the Rock Springs Conservation
Center reminded me of an article I read by Brent Olson.
Brent’s article (Country Living, Minnesota Farm Guide, February 3, 2017) was entitled, “Everything good in the world starts with our children.” He spoke of a survey that was done in Iceland (1992) which showed that the youth in Iceland were in trouble. The Icelanders decided to do something about it by paying more attention to their children – increasing funding for the arts, science, and sports, putting into place a curfew, and highly encouraging parents to spend more time with their children. The Icelanders found that to put time and money into these choices created a turnaround of less youth in trouble.
I have heard congregation members mention how much they enjoy having children join us in worship and how the children are the future carriers of the faith. So, if you believe some of the above, (and even if you don’t), please continue to pray for members of First Lutheran and God’s vision and work for us. Please forward your thoughts and ideas to the council as to how you see us responding to the desire to include more youth and families in experiencing a community formed and shaped by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ.
I remain yours in Christ, Pastor Rita Augsburger
Let us pray: “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, maker of heaven and earth. From everlasting, you are God, our dwelling place in all generations. You are the source of holy wisdom, and the fountain of all truth. We give thanks to you for the elders among us. We are graced by their wisdom and seasoning. We are touched by their knowledge and faith. Bless them, O God, as they are a blessing to us. Pour out your Spirit, that our elders may continue to dream dreams and testify to the Light of their salvation, Jesus Christ. May we find inspiration in their years of faithfulness. May we follow their example by serving you with steadfastness and singleness of heart; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.” (ELW, p. 83)
Pastor Rita Augsburger