PASTORAL MINISTRY


Be With Us Lord Here we are mid-October 2020. Who among us could have imagined the previous nine months?! We began a new year with great expectations as a nation and a people of God. Perhaps we even made some New Year’s resolutions to become more active, to reach out more often to help others, or to pray for all the issues in our world that need attention. Little did anyone know that come March our schools, our shopping malls, our airports and even our churches would be closed – off limits, as we found ourselves amidst a world-wide pandemic. Add to that the racial unrest, the political climate, the blatant prejudice, and bias proclaimed by many – all in search of justice while we long for peace and a world renewed. Many have said the end of 2020 cannot come soon enough! So now, with face masks in place, dredged in sanitizer we go about our days knowing the pandemic has claimed over one million lives worldwide. Who could have known? And who, we wonder, has any answers for our future. We as a people have experienced being “locked down” in our homes, away from work, away from school and friends and even family. So, what have we learned? What might God intend we learn? I have myself wondered if the world we live in had become so out of control that God might have pushed the “reset” button. We were a people on the go – 24-7. Our schedules were filled to the max, then within a few short weeks, we were confined to our homes. The time we spent with nowhere to go for weeks on end was for some an opportunity to spend time with one another again, to sit at table with our children, to work together on homework and/or home projects, to share household chores and maybe to play a game of cards or a board game that was held up in the closet for years. Then, not being allowed in our churches, we gathered as a family and watched a live-stream Mass – we prayed together in our homes. Perhaps we discussed the proclaimed Scripture or Father’s homily with one another. Even amidst the chaos, we were able to join one another in prayer. We might ask ourselves: So, have we learned anything God? What do you want us to take from this experience? And when God, will this be over? The reality is the pandemic continues, justice will be forever sought, and our national election will take place and life will go on. We will live our lives never really knowing when this might all be over. To be sure, when the pandemic subsides, our normal will be new, for we are forever changed by what we have experienced together. Let us ask God to continue to make his presence known in our world. May he witness in his people a renewed commitment to love one another, friend, family, stranger, and foe. And help us God to turn our hearts and our whole being to you, the true model of love, mercy, forgiveness, and hope. Be with us Lord, we pray, be with us. With hope, Deb Rudolph

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    219 2nd Street North
    P.O. Box 150
    Sartell, MN 56377     ​

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