St. Paul's Evangelical
Lutheran
 Church 

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.


 
 
Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.
 
 Sunday Adult Fellowship/Bible Study  
9:00 a.m.

Sunday School
 9:00 a.m.

 

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DEACONESS DISCUSSION

The Lord Be With You

As many of you know, I am getting married soon and will be leaving my call here at St. Paul’s. My fiancé, David, and I are excited to start this next chapter in our lives but, it won’t come without some tears and hard goodbyes. I’m afraid this final article is only the beginning.

It has been almost three years since I became your deaconess and it has been one of my greatest joys to serve you. Ever since I was a sophomore in high school I knew there was no greater profession for me than one that continually points people to Christ and His forgiveness when they need it the most. I have loved this opportunity and am so very grateful the Lord called me here. It hasn’t always been easy, I didn’t always do a good job, and there is a lot of work still to do but, I pray you forgive me of my faults and failures and trust that despite me, God has still worked.

He has worked through me in spiritual care, teaching the faith, and mercy work. He has worked through you in allowing me to serve, showing me the ropes, practicing patience, and loving and encouraging me when I needed it the most. Most importantly, He has worked for us in the Word and Sacrament we received when we gathered together. Whenever He works we know there is success because “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Being a visible church is hard. We have to deal with each other’s sin every day. We often hurt one another. We often offend one another. We often have differences of opinions and strategies. Yet, we are all still called to be the body of Christ, the Invisible Church. This is far greater than our church building and congregation. This transcends through all space and time uniting all Christians, past and present, foreign and local. This makes us realize we are not alone but, united together in Christ. It humbles us to know that no matter what happens to our physical church bodies the invisible Church will remain strong. We take comfort knowing it is not our duty to keep the Church going. It is God’s and we could not be in greater hands. This world brings fear to our church, to our home, to our lives but, we don’t let it consume us. We trust the Lord’s will be done because there is nothing that can separate us from His love and no one that can snatch His Church away from Him.

Thank you for letting me spend these last three years with you in this visible church. I know three years is nothing in the grand scheme of St. Paul’s history but, I’m still glad to have been a part of this family. There have been many faithful workers who served here and there will continue to be. I look forward to hearing how the Lord works through St. Paul’s in the years to come and whom He raises up to serve. Thank you to all who serve tirelessly and hopefully, especially when it seems to go unnoticed. I couldn’t have served here without you. May the Lord continue to give you strength, perspective, and contentment.

You are all in my prayers and I ask that I be in yours as I begin this new chapter in my life. I’m still amazed that God has answered my prayers and given me this new vocation of wife. Although not being a deaconess isn't what I planned I know the Lord’s plans are far greater and that He holds us all in His hand.

Welcome Aboar Deaconess

The Lord Be With You,

Deaconess Katelyn Hansen