A message from Pastor Kathy...
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 NIV
As usual, the Visitor staff is waiting for me to get my article to them. I arrived home from our Minnesota Annual Conference last evening—too tired and too late to do justice to this June offering. June! June 5th (our first Sunday in June 2022) is Pentecost Sunday and Holy Communion. It is the day we celebrate our gradu- ates in our Waterville and Janesville churches. It is also the first Sunday of our worship time change between our Blooming Grove and Janesville congregations. Boredom will not be an issue on our first Sunday in June. So, we look forward to the following Sundays understanding that after Pentecost, we move into Ordinary Time in our church liturgical year.
Friends, these are days of everything that is outside of my perception of ordinary. As we started the busi- ness of the church on our Annual Conference’s first day, Bishop Bard stopped the proceeding to tell those gathered that there had been another school shooting. As we were led in prayer, my heavy heart kept beating when so many innocent hearts were no longer sustaining life. There is nothing ordinary about children and their teacher being murdered in a place where they should be safe. On the final day of conference, we moved into plenary to continue voting on items brought before the church body. I felt so profoundly sad to vote yes on churches choosing to disaffiliate from our United Methodist family citing irreconcilable differences. There is nothing ordinary about seeing the division in our denomination.
I confess. I am looking for ordinary these days. In the text from Acts 4:13, we hear of those who saw “ordinary men”—Peter and John—and were astonished by their courage, so much so that they took note that the men had been with Jesus.
In these days of everything but ordinary, it is my prayer that you and I embrace the kind of ordinary of Peter and John. Let us embrace Jesus as we look for the courage needed in these times. Please God, in your mercy, let it be so!
About Pastor Kathy...
Kathy King serves as the Pastor of the Prairie Lakes Parish - a three-point charge consisting of the Blooming Grove, Janesville, and Waterville Evangelical United Methodist Churches.
Pastor Kathy lives in Janesville with her husband Jerry and their three four-footed girls: Beatrice, Mocha, and Winnifred. Kathy and Jerry have three sons - Clint (and Julie), Jeremy (and Tiffany), and Aaron (and Trista), eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Pastor Kathy has a degree in English and Communications and is more than 3/4 way through the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship Course of Study for Licensed Local Pastors. Kathy has a heart for the rural church and the relationships made possible through the example of love shown through Jesus Christ.