Pastor’s Corner 1/5/2019

Dear friends,

Happy New Year!

                 Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter series. In Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he enters Headmaster Albus Dumbledore’s office and sees Dumbledore’s pet bird, Fawkes for the first time. Fawkes is sad and sickly-looking. Suddenly, Fawkes bursts into flames and seems to disappear completely. Harry is horrified, but Dumbledore tells him that Fawkes is a phoenix, and this is a normal part of a phoenix’s life cycle–when a phoenix gets old and tired, it catches fire, in order to be born again from the ashes. “About time, too,” Dumbledore says. “He’s been looking dreadful for days; I’ve been telling him to get a move on.” Sure enough, Fawkes is reborn as a majestic and powerful creature. 

         When we think of fire, we often see it as an agent of destruction. We see it as something dangerous that takes valuable things from us. Fire can, however, be an agent of purification and purging. Of starting over. Just like Fawkes the Phoenix has to catch fire in order to be reborn as a better bird, fire can symbolize new beginnings.


         The start of a new year is a fantastic time for new beginnings. This Sunday at St Paul’s we’re starting 2020 off with a bang. Thanks to the generous efforts and contributions of this congregation, we’ve paid off the building! With this heavy financial burden lifted, we can now put our resources towards pursuing new projects and new possibilities. To mark the occasion, we are burning our mortgage! My prayer is that, like Fawkes the phoenix, we will emerge from the ashes of this fire and be reborn, with renewed energy and spirit, and a new commitment to our ministry and to making a difference here in Helena.
Be sure to join us for fellowship between services to celebrate this huge accomplishment and our hopes for the future.


Grace and Peace,