From Pastor’s Desk

pc_hartmutWith Easter Sunday already behind us, we are moving rapidly through spring and toward the warmer period of the year. May this also be a time of revitalization for our church! I say this because it is just so important that we all come to church regularly.

Certainly, our attendance has nothing to do with amassing merits towards our salvation. The risen Christ has done this for us! Rather, our attendance is indispensible, because without it, the body of Christ here on earth is not complete.

Paul said this well in his first letter to the Corinthians: “They eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’”(1 Corinthians 12:21)

Since we are all members of the body of Christ, we depend on each other to be as complete as possible. For this reason, I am always happy when children are in church and we can have a children sermon. However, the children are only one group among the many that together establish our worshipping congregation.

One of these groups needs special attention: The strangers at the gate. A fully set-up fellowship hall can pose such a huge threshold when one is not completely extraverted! This puts the strangers into the weaker spots.

Yet even there, they are indispensible to the body of Christ. Paul puts it even into these words, “God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.” (1 Corinthians 12:24-25)

So let us renew our efforts during this slowly warming season of the year to gather on Sunday mornings at God’s table and to be the congregation God has called us to be.

With fond Easter greetings,
Pastor Hartmut

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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