Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  


One of my earliest memories of church is from a Sunday School Christmas Program when I was just a few years old. I was in the angel chorus singing "Gloooo-o-o-o-o-ooooo-o-o-o-o-ooooo-o-o-o-o-oria in excelsis Deo". I'm so excited to be part of another Christmas play this year called "Too Many Shepherds". It highlights the very important role of the Shepherds in sharing the Christmas story.

This summer at camp we explored the great stories of the Bible and used creative ways to share them. God's story, our story, should be easy to share. But for so long in this country we have not had to try very hard or be very good at it. Our story was part of the culture, and knowledge of it was assumed. But today we can no longer make that assumption, and perhaps, out of practice, we have forgotten how to share the message. Perhaps we need to take note from the shepherds who heard the Good News from the angel of the LORD, went to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph, and the child lying in the manger, and then when out to share what they heard and saw with everyone around them (Luke 2:16-18).

I have read many books and articles over the last few months trying to explain the lack of enthusiasm and participation from kids in most mainline Protestant churches over the last few decades. While worshiping and playing at the NE MN Synod Gathering at Cragun's last weekend, that problem seemed far away. But I can see that youth attendance in church has certainly dropped as other demands have increased. Yet, perhaps this is the opportunity and incentive we need to become better at telling our story, of sharing the Good News like the shepherds, and of inviting others to worship and gather with us at church and at camp. As one of the youth from my church keeps proclaiming so enthusiastically in rehearsal, "There can never be too many shepherds!"


-Meagan Esterby  

Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Virginia, MN 

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