Thinking it would be safer than flying, Pastor Todd Hawkins drove from Boulder, Col. to the family lake home this year. So he needed a place to give his July 26 sermon.
His father, George Hawkins, is a member at LNL and Todd has memories of worshiping here when visiting him, and at the celebration of life for his late mother, Aletha. Pastor Todd thought it was a natural fit for him to record his sermon from our sanctuary – and we were happy to be able to safely accommodate his request.
Pastor Todd shared the video with his congregation, Prince of Peace Lutheran in Denver, with these words, "Grace and peace to you all! I hope your summer is going well. I write to you this week from Minnesota, where I'm 'quarantined' with my father at the lake. But, I'm excited to share a video message with you, recorded at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
“The videos recorded there serve as a reminder that we're part of the body of Christ that exists far beyond the walls of our own sanctuary. So, please watch the readings and sermon with gratitude to the larger body of Christ of which we are a valuable part.”
You can watch Pastor Todd’s sermon here if you’re interested.
I appreciate Pastor Todd’s words about not being limited by sanctuary walls. We have had so few people in our LNL sanctuary and building since mid-March, but I know we’re still connected. We’re still part of the church. And I continue to treasure the relationships I have with many of our members, even though we’re physically apart.
As I write this, I’m fortunate to be enjoying a week at my own northern ‘lake place.’ In a way, this place is my own kind of sanctuary. All it takes is the sight of one silvery blue dragonfly landing on a sunny rock nearby to give me a sense of peace. Twittering on its tiny legs, its iridescent wings seem almost to wink knowingly at me in the breeze. Pastor Todd is right, I suddenly am reminded. We are all a part of something much larger than we are individually.