Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

A Shift in Perspective

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

A Shift in Perspective

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I seldom preach in my current ministry as a professor of pastoral care, and even less since I said yes to the invitation to play keyboard in our congregation's music ministry team, which keeps me occupied not only on Wednesday evening for practice but several hours on Sunday. I now look back at my preaching ministry of long ago, when I served as the pastor of a congregation, from the perspective of someone who sits in the pew and listens, hoping for the gospel to touch and illuminate my life and our life together.

Thus it was with deep interest that I read the Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott's commentaries from Epiphany 4 to Lent 4. Sarah is currently on leave from call in the Virginia Synod and in the call process in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. She left her call to Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church in the mountains of Bergton, Virgnia, in May so that her husband Will could accept a new teaching position at Drake University in Des Moines. When she sent her commentaries she included a note that expressed her deep gratitude for the years she shared with friends, church family, colleagues, bishop, and synod staff in that corner of the world. She spoke of missing them all dearly, and of her hope that through these commentaries she might again be at the table in Southern Kitchen Restaurant, where her pericope group might set out a cup of decaf in remembrance and thanksgiving for life together and for the shared ministry of preaching the gospel. …

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