About Our Pastor
Peace be with you!
Welcome to Advent! I am Pastor Elaine and I have been serving here since December 2017. I have described my path to ordained ministry as a long and winding road. I felt called to this work from a very early age. However, I fought the call for many many years. I had things I wanted to do. So I got my B.A, my M.A & a Phd! But one day when I was working on my thesis I realized I could not fight this any longer. God has a way of bringing you around! I completed my PhD and headed to Divinity school. I was a candidate for ordination in the Anglican Church. Along the way I had 2 daughters and became a full time mom. I also realized that I was much more at home in the Lutheran Church.
It took me quite awhile to realize that I would not lose myself in responding to God’s call (my big fear). I discovered that in saying YES to God I am fully myself. I find great joy in the work that I do.
I pray that you will find what you are seeking. I pray that you will say YES to God. There is tremendous freedom in saying Yes. We are all called to very different things and paths. But maybe you will find a place here that feels comfortable and fits.
Search me out, O God, And know my heart;
Try me And know my restless thoughts. (Psalm 139 v23)
I believe that we are all children of God. That we are all beloved and are perfectly made. I believe in the great commandment - to love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength and to love your neighbour as yourself. I believe that we do not have to do anything to “win” God’s love. We already have it. God’s grace is a gift freely given. We just have to say yes and accept the gift.
“All will be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.” - Julian of Norwich
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