Elim Extra for Sunday June 9, 2024

Pastor’s Reflection


We have begun our “Why Do You Ask” summer sermon series at church. Jesus answered only three of the 307 questions he was asked! Instead he asked lots of his own questions. I’m giving space in the pulpit to address whatever questions you bring to me, and I have room for a few more if there are any sermon topics you’d like to hear.


Now, at first I thought this would be a fun and easy summer project. But now that I’m getting your deep questions, I think I might have bitten off more than I can chew!


But we don’t have to bring a full answer to our big questions, settling them for all time. Preaching is not a one and done. Rather, we feel our way into a few truths that meet the needs of the moment, and let the rest of the mystery continue to unfold. Like the poet Rilke said:


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”


with love, Pr. Chelsea


Upcoming events:

June 16 – Father’s Day – outdoor coffee hour.

June 22 – My Hometown Ogden yard work.

June 23 – Church becoming meeting.

July 7 – Outdoor worship at Monroe Park with First Presbyterian Church; Elim will be closed.