Oct
17
October 17
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor
~Music:
~Communion: 8:30am & 12:45pm
~Sunday Church School: 9,10,11
~The Way: 9,10,11
~Nursery: 9,10,11


Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 12:45 PM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Oct
24
October 24
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus

An Attitude for Gratitude

 

I love summer! Even though this is a different summer than I had planned – there’s still something about the bright sun that warms my soul. Maybe it’s the way we are conditioned at a young age to take a break from school during summer or that there’s more daylight to accomplish things. In summer, people even give gratitude for a storm for it is much needed rain or a break from hectic summer activity schedules. I have not heard that same gratitude for a snowstorm!

Whatever the reason, it just seems easy to be grateful for a summer day. Some of my best memories are childhood summers, when the days seemed endlessly peaceful and were filled with play. Today’s hurried pace of our culture that keeps us going with constant distractions seems in direct contradiction to our childhood summers. I think that’s why so many of us long for summer as a chance to unwind, a chance to reflect, a chance to strive for greater peace. But what we really are seeking is a life of grace, faith-filled living that is promised to us through Christ. This month, we read Psalms in our Read Through the Bible initiative. Psalm 90, verse 12 reminds us to live wisely: “Live each day as a gift, with a sense of purpose and intentionality.” I invite you to live each day, with a sense of purpose. Get to church and hear God’s grace-filled message. Live more peacefully and live more fully. Consider the wonderful place our summer camp has in the heart of so many people – could it be because we start and end each day in worship at camp? Of course it is! What makes camp special is not its beautiful location or wonderful staff, which it clearly has. Camp is special because it breaks us from our routine, it focuses us on Christ and reminds us to worship. If you are in need of peace, break your summer routine.

Worship at a midweek service at the Conference & Retreat Center, join us Sunday mornings at either campus, or at an evening service at Cathedral of the Pines. If you can’t make it to Farmington, Minneapolis, Victoria, or Lutsen, then join us online for live streaming of our Sunday morning worship service. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, take time to warm your soul with the message of God. When we put Christ at the center of our life, we make the most of every opportunity we are given and every gift we receive. We all are given the chance to love more deeply, to make the most of each moment. Sometimes all we need to do is stop and listen.

Blessings,

Pastor Hogenson

Pastor John D. Hogenson, Senior Pastor