It’s Official, Baby!

26 01 2010

My girls' signs!

This last weekend marked a momentous occasion in my life: I was officially called as a Director of Christian Education and thus became a commissioned minister of religion in the Lutheran Church. The five-and-a-half year process to get to this point in my life is over—hallelujah!

My husband added to the chaotic joyfulness by jokingly telling several of my youth to start calling me “Pastor Cassie”, which then meant I had to explain my college degree and the whole call system of the LCMS about a thousand times more than I needed to—but even that couldn’t take away from an absolutely wonderful day. And hey, the kids got an education in the process!

With my wonderful parents!

I could almost tangibly feel the love of friends and family after the service—including my adorable small group girls, who made signs for me and stood up in the middle of the service to cheer and congratulate me. Oh, how I love them. More accurately, I just love this church. I’m so thankful for the incredible friends that God has blessed me with here.

My parents even flew down from Minnesota to be there for me this weekend. My dad’s side of the family comes from a long line of LCMS pastors—including men who have entire buildings named after them at the Seminary–and part of me felt like I was plugging back into our family legacy as church workers. I’m so glad they were there—after all, without all their love, support, and creative punishment (for instance, writing essays entitled “Why I Misbehave” and turning them in to be graded), I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I’ve been so blessed to be a part of Faith for the two years that I’ve been here, as Tyler attends Seminary. It certainly hasn’t been a walk in the park, by any means—as I told Pastor John last week, “I didn’t hit the ground running when I started here—I hit it sprinting.”

I’ve grown so much and so quickly in these last two years. Sometimes this journey has felt like something out of Indiana Jones, like I’ve been ducking and weaving and jumping through obstacles nonstop. That’s probably a pretty accurate example, with the exception that I’ve never been chased by a giant, bone-crushing boulder. The poison darts and mummies, on the other hand, are things I experience daily.

Ironically, Tyler and I have our vicarage interview this afternoon, and we’ll find out in just three months where we’ll be placed for the next year. Life moves quickly.

I really think someone should make a reality show about church workers. If they can make shows about truckers, fishermen, meter maids, and hair stylists, why wouldn’t they make one about a church staff?

Oh—probably because no one would believe the stuff we go through.

But, when it’s all said and done—God has been good to us, and I know He’ll continue to provide. As it says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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