A Time of Great Transitions

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on March 24, 2020

Today is a time of transition for us as Governor Evers orders all of us to stay at home if at all possible. What will life be like on the other side of this great transition?
 
Both our Bible readings for today are times of great transition as well. In Numbers 34 and 35 (click here to read them), Moses is preparing God’s people for the great transition from the nomadic life they have experienced for the last 40 years to a settled life in the Promised Land. He lays out the boundaries of this land and the cities of refuge. There will be years of battlle before this conquest is complete. But in God’s sight, it is already done. The land is already theirs!
 
In Acts 2:14-39 (click here to read), Peter is transitioning from Old Testament ministry to New Testament ministry. The purpose of the entire Old Testament was to point to the Messiah who was to come. Peter announces that the Old Testament is fulfilled. He invites his hearers to step into a New Testament relationship with the Messiah through for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the promised Holy Spirit.  
 
Transitions are always hard. But our God knows what is on the other side and he promises the Holy Spirit to help us through.
 
Life in the Promised Land was better than the Israelites could have imagined. The New Testament Church spread the gospel across the world in just one generation, something that hadn’t happened in 2000 years of the Old Testament history. We must wait to see what our God will work through our own time of transition. We simply ask, “Lord, send your Spirit upon us and give us confidence of your presence every step of the way.”

A Song from Another Time of Transition

Attached is a song that former member Jan Nelson Gompper wrote and sang shortly after 911. Her brother Dr. Joel Nelson sent it to me recently. The God who helped us through 911 will help us through this time as well.
 
Church Office Closed
 
In response to Governor Evers’ “Safer At Home” order, we are closing our church offices. If you need access to the church or school, please contact the staff member that is related to your request (at pastor or teacher or staff member). Click here to use the Contact Form. Your pastors, teachers and staff members will continue you to serve you as we work from home. We will continue to produce all our online worship resources.
 
A Call to Consider a Transition
 
Mr. Kurt Steffen,  our 8th grade teacher and vice principal,  has received a call to St. Mark Lutheran Church and School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin,  to teach grades 7-8 and be athletic director.  Kurt asks for your prayers as he deliberates the two calls God has placed before him, the call to continue to serve here at St. Paul’s or the call to serve at St. Mark.   
 
Online Worship
 
Click here for a wealth of online worship and devotion resources. The Wednesday Lenten services will be posted by 3:30 pm tomorrow.
 
Help Us Continue to Serve
 
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