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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1600 West Oakland Avenue Austin, Minnesota 55912 (507) 437-4516
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Insights for ministry come from the strangest places. Case in point: This summer, during the second week of my sabbatical, while I was out golfing with a friend of mine on a Sunday (afternoon!) at Ramsey golf course, I got my first hole-in-one! (If you receive the Austin Daily Herald you might have seen it noted in the paper.) The funny thing is when I hit the shot I didn’t expect that result at all. In fact, I felt that I had misshit it a bit and the ball was destined for the pond in front of the green. So as the shot left the club I said, “Oh no, it’s wet!” But my friend, Lee, who was standing right next to me said, “No, it’s perfect,” and he was right. The ball just cleared the pond, hopped up onto the green and rolled straight into the hole. We both laughed and cheered. The insight for ministry I received from this event was that often when we do the work of ministry and service in Christ’s name we feel like what we did was kind of a miss-hit. Maybe the sermon I preached I didn’t feel too good about, or maybe the service that you performed you thought could have been done better. Or maybe the mission trip you went on just wasn’t very well organized, or the turnout for some event you planned was a bit disappointing. Or maybe you tried to say something comforting to a grieving friend and it just came out all wrong. Knowing these things, we are prone to think, “Oh no, it’s wet!” Translate: “I tried to serve God, but I botched it up.” But the fact is...