November has been a pivotal month for Denny Park Lutheran Church! On Nov. 12th the Council voted to expand DPLC’s ministry in order to better serve the South Lake Union neighborhood, and on Nov. 26th the congregation agreed to move forward with this direction!
What this means:
DPLC is strategically positioned in the midst of a fast-growing, high-tech neighborhood. Our vision is to respond to the holistic needs of our neighborhood, to be a home to Christian congregations and service organizations, and to accommodate events and activities that could serve to break down barriers and provide openings for Gospel-centered spiritual exploration and community.
We look forward to all that God has in store for us as we enter a new year! We will have further details to share in the weeks ahead as this new venture gets off the ground. We know that God has used DPLC throughout its history to provide support and encouragement to many people, especially newcomers in this city. It is our prayerful hope that we can continue this tradition in creative and effective ways in 2018 and beyond!
Pastor Deborah Lunde
During the month of November, as we anticipate Thanksgiving Day, we often focus on the attitude of thanksgiving or gratitude.
If you’re like me, sometimes we naturally feel grateful for the blessings in our lives but at other times we may be more aware
of our limitations and what we lack.
Paul’s words to the Colossians in 3:15-17 are a strong encouragement regarding the source of thankfulness in our lives:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.Here we are exhorted to allow the “peace of Christ to rule in [our] hearts.” This peace is
more than a sense of calm. This peace is an objective condition that is ours when God is our friend and all is well with us because
of what Christ has accomplished for us. It comes from God through Christ as the giver, who has made this peace for us through
his death and resurrection. Because of the action of Jesus Christ, we are presented holy and blameless before God. Now that
is something to be thankful for!
The Apostle Paul also encourages us to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” This is the word concerning Christ’s
nature, power and saving work in our lives. Christ’s peace and Christ’s Word, are wonderful gifts to us!
When we reflect on these gifts, rather than dwelling on our difficulties or problems, we find cause to rejoice and to give thanks to God! And it is out of God’s grace and mercy that we can then “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and…sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God!”
Pastor Deborah Lunde
Most of us find it a bit difficult to wait, whether standing in line at the grocery store, waiting to hear a doctor’s report, anticipating the completion of a remodeling project or, as Denny Park Lutheran is experiencing, waiting to call a permanent pastor.
We like to get things settled, completed. We want to move to the next step!
While it is great to move ahead, it is good to remember that much good that can happen during a time of waiting. Pregnancy is a good example of “purposeful waiting:” a pregnant mother knows that the months of waiting are a significant time of necessary development for the baby!
In our life as Christians too, we are often called to wait. Though we may feel frustrated or anxious, it can help to remember that God is at work, often in hidden ways, beyond our knowledge. And also, we can know that waiting includes being open to new information, new directions and opportunities. This becomes “active waiting.”
Theologian Henry Nouwen writes: “The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, something has begun. Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.”
While waiting, we are encouraged to pray. Well-known Christian author of the last century, Ole Hallesby, writes: "To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them." He adds: "When we in prayer seek only the glorification of the name of God, then we are in complete harmony with the Spirit of prayer. Then our hearts are at rest both while we pray and after we have prayed. Then we can wait for the Lord."
And so, in our personal lives, congregational life and the life of the community, we wait expectantly, trusting God, recalling the psalmists words: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14).”
Pastor Deborah Lunde