Third Sunday after Pentecost- Pastor's Message / Kristen Schurter's Farewell

“Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:62). 

For the past 3 ½ years we have been blessed to have Kristen Schmid Schurter serving as our Director of Spiritual Gifts Ministries. As you know, Kristen is also a student at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago preparing for full-time ministry as an ordained pastor. Beginning next month, Kristen will begin serving her year-long full-time internship at Salem Lutheran Church in Peoria. We give thanks for Kristen’s ministry among us and celebrate with her as she begins this next phase of her journey. Join us during the Fellowship Hour this Sunday to wish Kristen well. 

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A Word from Kristen

Last week a disciple and I began our meeting with a passage from Isaiah 42, including “he will bring forth justice to the nations” (Is. 42:26). When will all this happen, we wondered. I thought of the already/not yet concept of God’s kingdom -- here, now, and yet not fully. It has been on my mind as I’ve done lots of bittersweet recycling, preparing to leave my job. I’m amazed at all God has done, and aware of how much more there still is to do. 

I have been consistently moved by your faith, which has deepened and strengthened my own. I’ve been converted again and again to the idea of working in teams, grateful over and over for the wisdom, care and collaboration that emerges. I’m always amazed at how God shows up when we read Scripture together. Or more accurately, God is revealed to have been there all along. Ministering together helps us see how God’s kingdom is being built, and invites us to take part. My prayer for all of us is that this transformed vision will help us courageously allow God to transform our whole lives. 

Thank you for the privilege of ministering alongside you, for almost four years as a staff member, and sixteen years as a disciple. God has used you to provide me with a community, a church home, and most recently, a call to ordained ministry. I am deeply grateful, and look forward to seeing what God has in store for St John’s. 

Kristen Schmid Schurter