“I have observed that the preservation of the community is best assured through a process of continual change.”
Count Nicholas L. Von Zinzendorf
August 19, 1753
How many times have you heard someone talk about the “new normal”? What does that mean? Does it mean the “new” will be better than the present? Does it mean the future will be worse than the present? I googled “the new normal” and I quote the following: “A new normal is a state to which an economy, society, etc. settles following a crisis, when this differs from the situation that prevailed prior to the start of the crisis.” If you are like me, you are concerned about life with or after Covid-19. It is in this context I hear folks talk about the “new normal.” Will the virus go away with time? When will this crisis be our past, be in our rear view mirror, and we are set on a new path? I admit the effects of Covid-19 have forever influenced my life’s perspective on family, church family, community, the world, and me. However, the “new normal” that is on my mind is the ministry at Lititz Moravian after the leadership of our sheepdog Pastor Dean Jurgen.
Lititz Moravian is in transition not a crisis. The call process in the Moravian Church, Northern Province is called a Conferential system where the congregation has elected members of the Joint Board share the responsibility to identify and call the new pastor in partnership with the Eastern District Executive Board and the Provincial Elders’ Conference. We trust the Holy Spirit leading in the process. Our system does not allow the Joint Board to share with the congregation information and the progress until a call is accepted. It is possible when you read the newsletter that the process will be concluded. The Holy Spirit has spoken and the pastoral staff will be at full strength. If not, the Holy Spirit has not spoken and the Joint Board continues its work. We are living into a “new normal” and I request you hold the Joint Board in prayer. Please remember Pastor Dean and Liz in your prayers as they adjust to life, their “new normal” after 40 years of ordained and faithful service to the Lord, the Moravian Church, and the Lititz Moravian Congregation.
Remember “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
The Lititz Moravian Congregation has had many faithful ministers, and in our near future we anticipate someone new to work with all ministers of the church. Pastors come and go; ministers or members come and go but Jesus, the Chief Elder, never changes.
He is the same in the “good old days” as well as our uncertain tomorrows. Whatever the “new normal” is, we are assured that Jesus will be there. Whoever the leaders are, we know that Jesus is present. In times of change like these, we can trust in our unchanging Lord, Jesus the Christ.
Growing Faith, Sharing Hope and Living Love,