December 12, 2017

 “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a new way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”   Isaiah 43:19

The words from Isaiah are a word of hope for the people of Israel who are in exile in Babylon.  I take it as a word of hope and new beginnings for myself and Petersburg Lutheran Church as I begin my call to serve as your Pastor. 

My wife Carol and I are grateful for the warm welcome to the Church and to Petersburg.  It was amazing to be greeted by many of you as we drove off the ferry on October 22nd.   These first weeks have flown by.   It’s been a joy to join you in giving thanks for the many blessings we have received from God at Thanksgiving and now we anticipate with you Christ’s Advent and the upcoming seasons of Christmas and Epiphany.  Thank you for welcoming us into the Church, your homes and your community.  We are excited to be here and look forward to that day when names come as quickly as the rain.

As 2017 comes to a close in a few weeks, I am looking forward to discovering with you what God has in store for us as the people of Petersburg Lutheran in the coming year.   I am thankful that we have a God who always seeks to make us new as we daily remember that we have been claimed by God in our Baptism.  Knowing whose we are we are, we are freed to live as God’s people in a world desperate to hear the Good News that we have to share.    May the Holy Spirit give us confidence to share that hope that has been placed in our hearts.  May we be open to discovering what “new things” God has in store for us!

Blessings,

Pastor Eric Olsen