My good friend, Dr. Curt Karns, invited me to fly to Fairbanks just to preach to the Yukon Presbytery leadership last Saturday. This clip is from that service at First Presbyterian. Curt and I, along with Bishop Michael Keys of the ELCA, and Michael Burke of the Episcopal Church have formed a sort of covenant group. We meet regularly for prayer, spiritual sharing, and dreaming of real ministry we can do together.
I am excited to announce that next February 25, 2011, our conference leaders and the Lutheran leadership have changed their winter meeting date to coincide with the Yukon Presbytery so we will all meet at the same time in Anchorage. We are planning one evening together with a light dinner, worship, and, in the Lutheran tradition, table conversation over dessert. Mark your calendars for this special event. A coordinating team is being assembled now to work out details.
My main goal in the sermon was to persuade church leaders that significant and systemic change is needed if we are to respond to the world as an authentic expression of the words and acts of Jesus. The message was well received and many spoke with me afterwards about their desire to reach out to people with a transformed Church. Here's a link to that sermon. See you at Fall Rendezvous!
Grace and peace,