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Pastor's Monthly Message
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On the occasion of Pastor Josh’s ordination and installation, it gives this pastor of 15 years pause to reflect on the wonderful joy that it is to be a pastor, especially here at Bethlehem Lutheran.  For all these 15 years there has been a frame next to the door that leads from my office into the sanctuary.  It contains a quote from Rev. O.P. Kretzmann.  A 1920 graduate of Concordia Collegiate Institute, Bronxville, New York, he became a pastor and eventually a seminary professor and then the president of Valparaiso University.  Every once in a while I give longer pause to reflect on these words.  Today I share them with you and invite you to do the same as we welcome Pastor Josh and Sarah into our BLC family.

I am a Preacher... I am one of the greatest line in the history of men...My line reaches back beyond the Cross to the days when the flood came over the earth...Only because of the Church I serve and the Word I preach does God permit the world to roll on its way...I have watched men step quietly through the last gate because I had been permitted to show them the way...There are men and women, and children, too, before the throne of heaven today who are my children....They are there because God let me bring them there....

The saints of the Church are my joy, and the sinners are my burden...I am an ambassador of the King of kings...My lips are among the few left in the world that speak the truth....I almost alone among men deal day after day with eternal things...I am the last echo of a far voice that forever calls men home...I am the hand of the bridegroom, the shadow of the Cross, the trumpet of the King...Neither obscurity nor popularity can rob me of my glory...It is not my own but the reflected glory of Him whose free and happy slave I am…I am a driven man...I preach faith in a world that disbelieves, hope in a time that has no hope, and joy in an hour that knows only sorrow...I am at home in a tenement house or in a mansion because my home is neither...I and my people alone stand between the world and destruction...The flames on my altar will not die and the lights in my sanctuary will not be quenched by flood or storm...

I am a preacher – and very glad of it…

In His Service,

Pastor Mueller

 


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