Grace, mercy, and peace, be unto you from God our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
President John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Even though President Kennedy only spent two months shy of three years in office, in that short time he was able to leave a mark on the American people that has kept him among some of the greatest presidents to ever serve our nation. In an article written in the Washington Post on November 22, 2013, fifty years after Kennedy’s tragic assassination, writer Dylan Matthews makes mention of a gallup poll that found that Americans rate President Kennedy “more highly than any of the other 11 presidents since Eisenhower.” Matthews also cites a 2011 poll that showed President Kennedy coming in fourth amongst the greatest presidents of our nation’s history behind the likes of Reagan, Lincoln, and Clinton. Here was a man that was and still is held in high esteem among the people whom he was elected to serve, and it seems he really did have a pretty good head on his shoulders. President Kennedy seemed to know a thing or two about how life operates; specifically when it comes to the changes life inevitably brings
There is another old saying that says there are only two things in this life that are guaranteed, death and taxes. It seems to me from the quote above from President Kennedy he would include change on that list of guarantees in life.
By the time you will read this newsletter article we as a joint parish will have embarked on a new worship schedule for at least this month of June. Since the joint parish council decided to give this new endeavor a try back at the end of April, there has undoubtedly been some mixed feelings about alternating worship between Medina and Streeter every week for the month of June. There are some of you out there who are all for this idea. After all our individual churches attendance has a tendency to drop here in the summer months, so why not give ourselves an advantage of possibly having bigger numbers each week by combining. There are also some of you who are less than thrilled about this new idea. Eighteen miles each way can very well seem like a long distance to go to church, especially if it is not the church you are familiar with. I personally think that this could be a very good experiment for us to try and I do believe it could wind up being beneficial for both churches in various ways. After all another old saying goes, the family that prays together, stays together. The same could very well be said about the family of believers that make up our joint parish.
Now, I am not writing to you all about this today to try and convince you that you have to be on board with this idea 100%, nor am I trying to change your mind if you are not on board 100%. But I am writing to you to ask you to simply give it a try. Give it a try with an open mind. Try not to think about it from the stand point of what we are going to lose through this experiment but instead what we stand to gain from it. As President Kennedy once said, change is unavoidable, it is a law of life. And it is only when we are open to this unavoidable law of life that we are able to find the changes that do work and the changes that don’t work as we move forward into the future together as the Medina-Streeter Lutheran Parish.