St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Karnes City:
Unity in the midst of diversity
While Pastor David Collins and Council President Paul Pfeifer were in attendance at the Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly in Corpus Christi, morning worship at St. Paul’s Lutheran, Karnes City was led by Dale Little, Carolyn Brown, and Mary Louise Jonas, with Mary Maddox reading the lessons. A sermon that had been prepared by Bishop Ray Tiemann for use that morning in all of the congregations of the Synod was presented. The sermon was based on John 17: 6-19, a portion of Jesus’s high priestly prayer for his followers before his glorification (ie: his death on the cross). The prayer is ultimately a prayer for the unity of his followers: as Jesus and the Father are one, so he prays that his followers may be one. The unity Jesus prayed for is reflected in a saying attributed to St. Augustine, “In essentials: unity; in non-essentials: liberty; in all things: charity.”
What might all this mean for us? The diversity of the Christian witness in the world is not necessarily a bad thing; it is reflective of the diversity of God’s good Creation and can be enthusiastically embraced. At the same time, too often we concentrate on our differences, setting ourselves apart from others, rather than seeking to find those places of contact where we agree and can build the bridge of a unified witness to Christ at work in the world.
St. Paul’s News and Notes: Cross Trails Ministry Day Camp will be held July 9-13 from 8:30-3:30. To volunteer, make a donation, or to sign up your favorite student contact Barbara Jonas.