It was a quintessential summer picnic: salads, fruit, desserts and lemonade; conversations around the picnic tables; views across the sand, of families, beach umbrellas and the waters of Puget Sound! That’s what some of us from Denny Park Lutheran enjoyed last Sunday as we gathered at Golden Gardens Park for a congregational picnic. Yes, these are the slower-paced days of summer, when we are eager to enjoy the warm weather and some time outdoors!
While the calendar is not as full during the summer weeks, there is a bit of a buzz at Denny Park Lutheran Church as we gear up for the fall. The landscaping around the southeast corner of the church has been completed and looks great! There are plans for enhanced lighting to highlight the beautiful architecture of the building and to allow the church to be more visible to the South Lake Union neighborhood. And there are ideas for updating some inside areas that will see more use in the upcoming months.
Physical updates and enhancements of the building are the visible expression of new opportunities to share the Gospel and make a positive impact in our community! We want our building to be a warm place of refuge in a fast-paced, frenetic urban area; a space where people can gather, learn, grow, worship, and build community. Ultimately, a place that radiates the love of God, and encourages people to meet Jesus. This is the long-term goal and direction we have as a congregation!
Already, our building houses four different congregations with a variety of worship styles and languages. This fall we anticipate hosting some additional groups and gatherings. I am grateful for the ways that Denny Park Lutheran, the Sanctuary at Denny Park, and the various groups that meet here, are making a positive impact in our neighborhood. Let us pray that God will continue to work with and through us, in this time and place!
Pastor Deborah Lunde
This past Sunday, during the Adult Bible Study, I enjoyed answering questions and giving an update on “The Sanctuary” to those who were here. For those of you who weren’t, here are some of the things that were shared.
First of all, the landscape and irrigation work is finished except for some minor details and the lighting that will be incorporated into the overall lighting of the building. Things look great, but keep in mind that it is all still fairly immature. As it matures over the next several months it will look even better than it does now.
I am beginning to get some first looks at new sign designs for the exterior and something should be finalized soon. The proposal is being finalized for work being done to freshen up the fireside room and contractors are in this week preparing bids for work that will make us more accessible to people with mobility issues.
Photographic displays of life among the churches here are being assembled to be placed in strategic locations where people who are part of what happens here during the week will be able to get a glimpse into what happens here on Sundays. Things are progressing here slowly but steadily and Summer schedules have already been a challenge to coordinate with all of those who are part of the progression of The Sanctuary. Patience is my word for the Summer. Patience and imagining the new life and outreach that these changes are helping to create here in the heart of the city.
He is Risen!
On Sunday, April 1st, we will celebrate Resurrection Sunday along with Christians throughout the world! More than just an exciting story, the resurrection is the central teaching of the Christian faith. If it could be disproved, as some have tried to do throughout history, Christianity would collapse like a house of cards. The Apostle Paul makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 that Christianity stands or falls on the reality of the resurrection:
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
So how do we know that Jesus actually died, was buried and rose again? If we check out the first verses of 1 Corinthians 15, Paul tells us that there were many people who witnessed these things: Cephas (Peter) saw Jesus after his death and burial and later the twelve. Jesus also appeared to 500 people at one time. This could hardly be a hallucination! He also appeared to James and all the apostles, including Paul. And, since many of these witnesses were still alive at the writing of Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth, Paul is essentially encouraging his readers to check this out further with these witnesses.
As Christians, it is essential that our beliefs are based upon historical realities! And we can rest assured that the resurrection, this central event and belief of Christianity, stands up to close scrutiny.
He is risen!