August letter from the pastor to Atonement Lutheran

Dear Atonement Lutheran!

It is so good to finally be with you, thank you for your patience and support in this time of transition for my family and I.

The keyword here is patience which is what we have to show a lot of right now. As I had mentioned in my letter to the congregation, this is a difficult time where I feel grief and it left me hopeless at times and maybe you feel the same way.

The feelings you feel right now are all valid. This is not an easy time. But this time will pass. There will be a day again where we can sing hymns and hug each other.

We all know that. We know that day is coming. In the meantime I want to share with you words of encouragement from Bishop James Hazelwood of the New England Synod that deeply resonated with me and might encourage you too:

Bishop James Hazelwood is in his bicycle clothes and helmet, about to go up a hill on his bicycle: (paraphrased)

“I am trying to make it up this hill but I wanted to stop and say: Faith? You bet! Cannot do it without it. Look, we are in the middle of a crises and it is three fold: It is the corona virus, it is the climate crises, and it is a crises of meaning in our culture and society. But we are in the middle of it. And this is where God has placed us and where God has called us and we are not going to look back in nostalgia for the way it was. We are going forward and the Holy Spirit is going to lead us there. And I am hoping to catch up with the Holy Spirit.”

I want to invite you to call on the Holy Spirit not to wait up for you but to help you catch up.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. You find me at the office Wednesdays, 2-6 pm but I am more than happy to schedule a date and time with you outside those hours.

May you be blessed with peace, believe in the beauty of hope, be accompanied by the Spirit of love, and receive the comfort of faith. Amen

Pastor Sonja Pilman