Pastor's Update 

Dear members and friends of St Paul's,
 
   "Mayday mayday mayday!" Though most of us haven't served as Naval officers, the words are familiar to us. A ship that is facing an emergency situation would use this distress signal that comes from the French expression for "Help me!" (m'aidez). While we don't always (or often) like to admit it, all too often situations in life are more than we can handle on our own. 
   This time of year we focus especially on graduations and confirmations, both of which are the end of one stage of life and the "commencement" or beginning of the next. Graduates face either the next set of schooling, or perhaps entering the workforce, but in either case the difference is striking. Suddenly there is a lack of the familiar and a plethora of the new. Suddenly everything is on a higher level and greater difficulty. Suddenly it seems that if left to ourselves we could quickly drown in our worries and concerns.
   And if we approach our life--post confirmation--with that same mindset, then very quickly we will be sending up spiritual distress signals of "Mayday!" When surrounded by people that cause us to doubt God's Word and his Truth...how do we respond? When coworkers show us the foolishness of faith and how it appears weak in their sight...what can we say? It's times like these that we turn to that very same Word in study and that very same God in prayer. In Psalm 70:5, David calls out "Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay." And what makes this distress call so wonderful is that we also have the assurance that God will hear and answer for our good: "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor me" [Psalm 50:15].
   So when you're facing troubles and difficulties, when you don't know where to turn, when you're tempted to call out "Mayday!" then turn instead to our gracious Lord God. Trust his promise to deliver you, because in his risen Son, Jesus, he already has.
 
Pastor Tim Rosenow