Pastor Barbara Caine

“Good news? Great joy? Messiah? Here? Now?” “This I gotta see!”

Pastor Barbara Caine

Come and See!

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.Luke 2:15-18

Come and see!  Can you picture the multitude of angels, singing on that frosty night?  Wouldn’t your jaw drop at the sight?  “They said what?” you might ask.  “Good news?  Great joy?  Messiah?  Here? Now?”  And someone else says, “This I gotta see!”

 “Yeah,” you whisper to yourself, “This I gotta see.” 

“Come and See!” is our theme for Advent this year.  Advent is a waiting time, the time when we remember all the ways that God comes to us, and specifically, when Jesus came, God in the flesh, our Emmanuel.  Each year during Advent we remember the long years spent waiting for the predicted Messiah. We remember that our God came to earth as a tiny, vulnerable, human baby.  Like the shepherd on that frosty night, we come and see the little one, and remember that our God knows what it is to be human, to be cherished by family, cared for by loved ones, revered by the wise, rejected by others, betrayed by friends, and, eventually, killed for speaking truth to power, and attempting to empower the vulnerable.

When the [shepherds] saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.   We, like the shepherds, are called to come and see, and then to go and tell!  This year, who needs to come and see?  Who are you called to go and tell?  God gives you power to see the vulnerable, speak for the powerless, invite the skeptical, share with those who need help, and most of all, love like the  one who came to us.  Jesus, the child born poor, who brings us good news of great joy for all the people.  Our Messiah, our Jesus, come and see!

In Christ,
Pastor Barbara

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Pastor Barbara Caine

Pastor’s Message, October 29

Pastor Barbara Caine
What was it like for Jesus to prepare breakfast for his disciples? Did Jesus enjoy these last moments in a human body, gathering wood, starting a fire, preparing fish and bread in order to make a meal for those he loved? Did the familiar scent of the sea air, the crackle of the fire, and the smell of the smoke seem especially poignant to him? Could he hear the disciples talking, the sound carrying across the water in that strange way it does?
 
John 21: 15-17:
12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
 
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
 
I was reminded of this passage recently at Mt. Cross, our Lutheran Camp in Ben Lomond. Prior to the opening of Mt. Cross 70 years ago, Jesus called folks to feed his lambs, tend his sheep, and feed them in that extraordinary place. And Jesus continues to call them. I’m on the Mt. Cross Board and I wonder how many board members have asked for support, written grants, set policies, hired employees, and enacted the business of this camp? How many directors, counselors and church leaders have directly prepared for others to have profound experiences in God’s creation by designing programs and leading camps, retreats, trainings, beach trips, workshops, and countless other gatherings?   How many, many folks, young and old, have embodied Jesus, gathered the wood and started the campfires, prepared the meals, written the devotions, lead the songs, walked the trails, and worn their love of Jesus on their sleeve so that all who came to Mt. Cross, left there knowing that their creator, their savior, their sustaining God, would always be with them?
 
Jesus is still calling us to feed his lambs, tend his sheep, and to feed them here at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church and in our extraordinary camp. Mt. Cross is a blessed place that will help us to be more faithful, and better Christians. I have asked our new Confirmands, Nightingale, Lena, Izaiaha, Malachi, James & Natane to attend Mt. Cross as part of their Confirmation work. What a joy to know that God is still so active in feeding us through this Church and our beautiful camp. Please pray for our Confirmands as they grow in faith and love, and our church as God reaches out to minister to those God loves through these institutions.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Barbara

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Pastor’s Message

Pastor Barbara Caine

It’s June and graduations abound! It’s a time to both look forward and look back. Nick M-S is graduating from college and Katie and Ellie L and Amanda K are graduating from high school this year. It seems impossible that those three little kids I met when

I came here 13 years ago are now a grown man and three young women who are stepping out into a whole new world, prepared for their next steps. Their parents are proud of their hard work and persistence in attaining their goals. They are ready to change the world in their own way.

Jesus came as a baby, became a little kid, prepared to leave home and set out on a three-year ministry that changed the world. We, as the church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, are called to do the same. We have gifts from those who came before us, gifts of property and buildings, and gifts of faith, handed down for generation upon generation. Just as Nick, Katie, Ellie, and Amanda are entering a new life challenge, we, as a church, are entering a new life challenge and supported by the gifts we’ve been given as we are continually empowered by the Holy Spirit.

As we move into a new phase as a church, let’s look forward and look back. Let’s look back to consider what worked and what didn’t. Let’s look forward to build on our strengths and plan for a ministry that will move hearts in this new era. This is an era that needs God’s love and grace as much as any. Let’s look forward to how we can share that grace and love in concrete ways and change the world!

In Christ,
Pastor Barbara


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