A Very Memorable Day
“I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 1:4
May is notable because of its connection with both Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. But for Judy and I, May will always be special because of one very “memorable” day. That day was May 1, 1997. That’s the day we started our ministry at Victory Lutheran. I say “we” because while I’m technically the only one on the church staff, Victory has been both a place of employment and our spiritual home for even longer than we lived with our parents.
During the “memory” portion of our emphasis on Miracles, Memories and Momentum, I had the opportunity to reflect on how much our lives have changed since we arrived in Mesa. Twenty years ago we had four parents and no grandkids. When we arrived, neither of our children were married. Now we have a daughter in law and a son in law as well as eight grandkids and no living parents. To my way of thinking there is a powerful lesson to be learned from even this change. Yes we lost four people we loved deeply but now our lives have been blessed with more than twice as many people we also love deeply. On the drive to Arizona from Nebraska, I remember wondering if I was making a big mistake. After all we were leaving a congregation I had served for ten years and a city we loved. Things were going well both in the church and in our lives. We were moving over a thousand miles from our nearest relative. I even remember my father asking why we would want to leave when things were going so well. But it seemed that this was clearly what God was calling us to do. I believe that what has happened in our lives and in the life of Victory is confirmation that God’s fingerprints were truly all over that move. I have been a pastor at Victory more than twice as long as I was in my previous congregation and we are enjoying ministry and life as much or more than we ever have.
As I was reflecting on some of these things, I couldn’t help but think of the words of St. Paul (above). His words pretty much express our feelings about how blessed we feel about sharing life and ministry with you these past 20 years. As an aside, with Victory celebrating its 40th anniversary and me celebrating my 20th anniversary here, I think I can safely say I will be the only one who can ever say they served this congregation for half the time it has existed. God willing, I hope to keep adding to that record!!!
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Larry Kassebaum
Sunday Movie Matinee
COMING SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 3:00PM – “COURAGEOUS”
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you have missed any of the previous movies shown, you may check them out from the front office to view. Some of titles include: The Christmas Candle, God’s Not Dead, Brother White, Soul Surfer, Seasons of Gray, Do You Believe?, Finding Normal, War Room, Woodlawn, Where Hope Grows, Mom’s Night Out, Faith of Our Fathers, The Encounter, Little Boy, Luther, Miracles from Heaven, Marriage Retreat, I’m Not Ashamed and Risen.