Pastor Kurt’s Blog

2 Jan 2022

January Message

Disciples and Friends of Living Christ,

Happy New Year!

We will soon be entering the season of Epiphany, that part of the church year when we celebrate how God reveals Godself to us in Christ. And we can see God’s fingerprints all over the place.

First, we have successfully sold the property, and our prayers have been mostly answered. The building, of course, continues to throw temper tantrums as a water leak in the narthex ceiling was discovered during the walk through, which we will have to get fixed here shortly. The good news is that’s our 3rd water problem (boiler, broken water main, ceiling leak) so there shouldn’t be any more problems. (Lord in your mercy... hear our prayer.)

Second, the proceeds of the sale will be invested officially on Monday in the ELCA Foundation and will provide us with important supplementary income for years to come. (Lord in your mercy... hear our prayer.)

Third, we also have a new location for us to gather and continue our ministry at the Campus Ministry Center (CMC) at NAU. The CMC location has many benefits: dedicated office space, sufficient parking (20 spaces for us in the NAU parking lot, plus the CMC lot), a freestanding building (not a strip mall location), a worship space that can accommodate us, and a central Flagstaff location. This checks off almost all the boxes on our want list and will give us a good jumping off point into the future. (Lord in your mercy... hear our prayer.)

God has been good to us and continues to faithfully watch over us. God reveals God’s presence to us every day. As a result, we have a new prayer for on Sundays, “O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. As we await the move to the new property, give us faith to go out with good courage, not fully knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us.”

In Christ’s service and yours, Pr. Kurt

30 Nov 2021

December Message

Disciples and Friends of Living Christ,

I am finding it hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another year and have already begun a new church year. They say that time flies when you are having fun, though I am not sure that going through a pandemic is fun. It’s been a lot of hard work, mentally and emotionally, as we have adapted and pivoted along the way. We have found ways to do worship, study, fellowship, and justice online and in-person in the midst of the pandemic, and by the end of the month, we will have sold our property and begun a new chapter as the body of Christ.

Throughout it all, we have been courageous, resilient, and resourceful. We have also been loving, compassionate, and cooperative as we have walked this path. Some familiar faces have walked away during this time of change, but new faces have also joined us because of our faithfulness to the mission we have from God. People have seen God at work among us and want to be a part of it, and for this we should rejoice and give thanks to God.

As we approach Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus our Savior, let us rejoice at God coming among us and walking with us in the midst of life’s trail and tribulations, of God’s compassion and love that sustain us, and God’s vision and mission that lead us and guide us into the future. We do not know what the future will hold exactly, but we are assured that we move into it accompanied by God and one another, and together we will meet that future with faith, hope, and love. Merry Christmas!

In Christ’s service and yours, Pr. Kurt
1 Oct 2021

October Message

Disciples and Friends of Living Christ,

This year Reformation Day (October 31) actually falls on a Sunday. It will be the 504th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses disputing various practices and beliefs of the church. These disputes were more than theological (the existence of purgatory, the power of the pope, and the efficacy of indulgences), but included social and economic problems as well. Martin Luther and his fellow reformers sought to reform much of human society, but rather than basing this reform on principles of Law (think the Taliban), they were guided by the principle of “justification by grace through faith.”

Much of our life today has been deeply shaped by those reforms, but most of us are completely unaware it. I hope you will join us in worship every Sunday, but especially on Sunday, October 31, as we will explore some of those reforms that affect our lives today and still guide us into the future and the direction of our ministry at Living Christ.

In Christ’s service and yours, Pr. Kurt