Our Rocky Mountain Synod assembly begins this afternoon. It is online for the second year in a row and this can be a blessing and a let down at the same time. We are a big synod, 5 states are part of this synod and so you can imagine that traveling in order to be together can become cumbersome and there may even be ‘discussions’ about whose turn it is to go where. The gift of the online assembly is that people who would not normally be able to be a part of it are there. They are present and represented in the part of the body of Christ that we call the Rocky Mountain Synod. This assembly brings together clergy and congregation and other ministry voting members and allows us to know more about the expanse of ministry we do together and to celebrate that with one another. I always learn something new at assembly. The theme this year is “The Stories we Tell” and many different aspects of local and global ministries will come into play. I love this title because I love stories. I love to read them, to hear them, to tell them and retell them. The story of the good shepherd that we have focused on this week is a story that continues to remind us of our connection together and to God in that we are known even when we do not know. Like the story of the good shepherd was passed on from Jesus to the disciples to the apostles and spread on to moms and dads and grandparents and kids, the stories we tell today of the ministry together will be passed on as part of our history in being modern day apostles. We will gather around digital tables and campfires and small groups spaces and be blessed by one another’s stories. If you would like to watch any of the synod assembly and hear any stories for yourself you can do so at this link: Facebook Livestream: www.facebook.com/rmselca and the schedule of events is here: https://www.rmselca.org/synod/assembly-schedule
Even if you cannot join this story event, tell or retell a story this week of where your love or faith or church mattered. Write it down, call a friend, make it a part of the stories your children know, whatever fits you best. And thank you for the blessing of being gathered as Jesus’ sheep in a story of faith together.