Whom Do You Serve?

Dear St. Patrick’s Observers,

“I, Patrick am the most unlearned and lowest of the faithful. My father was deacon, and my grandfather a priest. At the age of sixteen I was taken captive and shipped to Ireland, along with thousands of others.

When I arrived in Ireland, I was sent to tend to sheep. I used to pray many times each day; and as I prayed , I felt God's love fill my heart and strengthen my faith. I had to stay all night in a hut on the mountain , looking after the sheep, and each day I would wake to pray before dawn in all weathers –snow , frost, and rain. I remained as a slave in Ireland for six years.

One night when I was asleep, I heard a voice speaking to me. It told me that a ship was waiting to take me home. I awoke, and immediately ran down the mountain , and hurried to the coast. I found a ship about to set sail; and although the captain did not want to take me, one of the old sailors smuggled me aboard. I was overjoyed to see my family again, and at first thoughts I should never leave them again. But one night I had another dream in which a voice spoke to me. The voice implored me to return to Ireland, and preach the Gospel. When I awoke, I felt as I were a slave again—but now God was my master.” (Celtic Parables , Robert Van De Weyer, Abingdon Press , Nashville, TN,1999)

The story of St Patrick reminds me of the Bob Dylan song, ”you have to serve somebody. “


Who are you serving? What do your most valuable resources of time and treasure focus upon?  Like sheep we easily go astray and require reminding of whom it is we follow and serve.

Prayers: For Brad Culberson who has been hospitalized. Fred Berner recovering from surgery on his broken leg. May St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday, March 17th prompt us to ask with integrity “whom do we serve? You have to serve somebody.”

I hope to see you all from 6pm to 730pm tonight at Great Beginnings restaurant for a “Simple Lenten Meal” followed by mid-week Lenten worship.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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