There are many images that flood my mind and heart as I contemplate the beginning of another year, as we continue to walk, work and build our community here at Good Shepherd. First I have to express to all of you the gratefulness and honor I feel in being a pastor-servant of this faith community. On December 1rst., despite, or rather, through the storm, many of us came together and I officially became your sixth pastor here at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. It is truly a celebration of joy as we continue to write a new page in the history of our faith community and the spirited way we are embodying God's word of hope and solidarity.
Hay muchas imagenes que colorean mis pensamientos y corazon, al meditar durante esta temporada de preparacion para la celebracion de la navidad. Quiero dar mi sinceros agradecimientos a todas las personas que han sido y son parte en este caminar de la palabra, siendo consecuentes con nuestras convicciones de ser fermento para un mundo donde quepan muchos mundos. El primero de diciembre ustedes me han llamado a ser el sexto pastor dentro de la historia de la "Iglesia Luterana del Buen Pastor". Es en verdad un honor poder ser su servidor y compartir la tarea de construir y facilitar espacios donde la dignidad de todo ser humano se promueva, donde la palabra de liberacion se practique y en donde reine la compasion.
Gracias. Gracias. Gracias.
Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz
Our newly elected Bishop Paul Egensteiner is coming to visit Good Shepherd Church and wants to hear of the dreams and visions we cherish for our Southwest Brooklyn Conference. As we prepare to welcome him this coming Sunday the 10th. of November from 2pm to 4pm, we are reminded that we are connected in a single body of humanity that is global and mystical. It is a body across time and space. It is a great comfort to know that we are not alone and that we are not just a handful of people. In fact, we number in the thousands and we believe deeply in the power of the resurrection. You see, we are living in a time of unprecedented crisis on many fronts. The unleashing of violence against the most vulnerable among us is palpable as they continue to be victimized and portrayed as a problem we can simply dismiss.
How can we as a church, as God´s body on Earth, continue to witness and stand in solidarity with those who are vulnerable? How do we, as one body, acknowledge and utilize our power to be a resource to the larger community? I believe that if we are to fulfill our role and be relevant in our society today we must take a stand and become a beacon of light in this long dangerous night.
Please join us as we welcome Bishop Egensteiner and seek to become the answer to these questions and work to channel the power of the resurrection through the body of our global community. This invitation is open to all of us who are concerned with the wellbeing of our community at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
As we welcome the bishop, we will also train a host of people who will accompany some of our community members to court and legal proceedings as we prepare our space for the opening of the Saint Elizabeth Welcoming Immigrant Center.
Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz