God Is With Us

“Matthew 28:20: Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the world.”

“What does it really mean to say that Jesus or God is with us? that God is in the world? Where and how are we aware of that? God lives, lives for the world, the world is filled with God, is transfigured, is meaningful, sub specie aeternitatis [from the viewpoint of the Eternal]—that was the Easter message. But now we ask further: Where can I sense something of this divine fullness in the world and in my own life? And we answer that today, too, God is still walking among us; today, too, we can speak with God; we are together with God, walk down the street with God, encounter God in the foreigner on the road, the beggar at the door. The world is God’s world; wherever we go, we encounter God, and Jesus, the Resurrected, is with us. Remember, I am with you. . . .
But isn’t all this merely metaphorical language? What can we possibly mean by saying that Jesus is with us? Isn’t that merely an approximate, undefined feeling?
Not at all. It is completely clear.  Jesus is with us in his words, and that means clearly and unequivocally that he is in that which he wants and in that which he thinks about us. He is with us with his will, in his words, and only in our dealings with Jesus’ words do we sense his presence. The word, however, is the clearest and most unequivocal means of expression by which thinking beings connect. If we have a person’s word, then we know that person’s will; indeed, we know the whole person.”


Excerpt From: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. “The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”

An Ordination Anniversary

Last night KOG celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ann Salmon’s ordination:  “We give you thanks compassionate and gracious God for raising up among us and sending out faithful witnesses for the ministry of word and sacrament.  We give you thanks for the ministry of Ann Salmon.  You have given your church a faithful pastor, patient teacher, wise counselor, and inspiring musician.  Through the sufficiency of the your grace enable her to continue to exemplify the Gospel in word and deed.”

Below is a picture of Ann and her husband Carl enjoying the festivities: