Every Time I Remember You: A Letter from Bishop Hanson
On Monday, October 21, 2013, Prince of Peace received the following letter from ELCA Presiding Bishop, Mark S. Hanson:
Dear Friends in Christ,
With you I join in giving thanks and praise to God for all that God has done through Prince of Peace the past 50 years.
As a pastor in the Twin cities, I followed the leadership given by Prince of Peace as you focused on building up the Body of Christ through contemporary worship, growth in discipleship and evangelical outreach. You became a center of teaching and learning for people throughout the world.
Serving as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod, I witnessed the capacity of Prince of Peace to grow in mission and ministry. Yes, and sometimes the challenge to find ways to stay connected as members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
I am so grateful for the leadership of Pastor Jeff Marian. It has been a joy to witness h`ow the Spirit has used his gifts to find new ways for Prince of Peace to serve the rapidly changing Burnsville community. You embody the love of Christ as you serve those who often struggle to find acceptance and sufficient resources for daily life. You are signs of God’s promised future as the walls that divide us because of economic class, race, culture, age, gender, become tables of reconciliation through your ministry.
I pray that in coming years we will continue to grow with you in partnership in God’s mission. This is a time for evangelical imagination that has always been your gift.
Paul’s words to the Philippians Christians capture the thanksgiving and hope of this moment in your history.
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:3-6)
May God, who has begun this good work among you, give you strength and joy as you continue in witness and service.
In God’s grace,
Mark S. Hanson