Welcome to Christ Mertz Lutheran Church

Good morning, and welcome to Christ Mertz Lutheran Church. We are delighted to have you join us on this 7th Sunday after Pentecost.

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Jesus gives the disciples little to prepare them for their ministry: only authority and the companionship of one another. Yet they are sent to preach and heal, in what will certainly be hard and sad situations. In The Promise of Despair (Nashville: Abingdon, 2010), Andrew Root writes about how discipleship requires the honest and direct facing of human pain: “A disciple is not determined by how much he or she believes, but only by how much he or she is willing to admit what is true—that we are all dying, that the monster is loose, that there are four-year-olds in cancer wards, and little boys living without their fathers, that suffering and pain is real. But the disciple must also admit more . . . that God is nevertheless present here. God in Jesus Christ is here in the middle of death, working for life. God is here in the middle of impossibility, promising that through God’s own broken now made-whole love, impossibility will someday give way to fulfilled possibility” (p. 105).

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