Trinity Lutheran Church

From Our Interim Pastor

  God’s People are Called to Teach


Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain,

and when he sat down his disciples came to him.

Jesus opened his mouth and taught them.

Matthew 5:1-2


I served as the Interim Pastor at Trinity, Canton, Illinois for 13 months from June 2015 to July 2016.


On one of the Sundays in late August of 2015, the goal of my children’s message was for the young people to begin to reflect on what sort of body our Living Lord Jesus has. It was my intention to visually show that Jesus’ living body consists of four elements – the bread and wine of communion, the water of baptism, and each of us individually. In addition to the bread, and wine, and water, we also function as Christ’s body in this world. As a result, I had with me a section of baked bread, a plastic bottle of water, and a half-filled bottle of wine. I explained that as we receive Holy Communion, we are receiving the body and blood of Christ in and with the bread and wine. That as the baptismal waters flow over us we are  made God’s permanent children, and as we serve others, they see Christ in us.


I asked the children what was in the plastic bag, and they correctly answered it was bread. I asked what was in the plastic bottle, and they correctly answered it was water. I then asked what was in the glass bottle? Four-year-old Selah confidently proclaimed that what was in the bottle was Hot Sauce. Not the answer I was looking for, but a correct answer



Selah was correct, when we receive Jesus’ body and blood in the Blessed Sacrament of  Holy Communion we are to be set on fire, we are to be spiced up, we are to be burning to be about ministry.


On Sunday, September 15, we return to our academic year of Christian Education for children, and adults alike. It will be during the educational hour each Sunday, that we will reflect together on what it means to be God’s children. During the educational time each of us will function simultaneously as both student and teacher. I will be serving as the teacher for the young people in grades 5 through 8. However, trust me, I will learn as much from them, as they will learn from me.


Regardless of the age or academic abilities of each of the Sunday Morning Classes, the students and teachers alike will serve as Hot Sauce for each other. As a result of learning together, all of our lives will be spiced up.


Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew five, six, and seven, is not really a sermon; but rather, an intense time of teaching. Jesus opens his mouth and teaches them. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus and his flowers have a time of Hot Sauce.


Whether you are two or one hundred two, please come and join us on Sunday Mornings for a time of reflecting on what it means to be the Children of God. Come and simultaneously learn and teach. Come and be Hot Sauce for each other.


During Sunday School each week, let us enjoy some Hot Sauce.


I look forward to being with you on Rally Day, Sunday, September 8, and the first day of Sunday School on September 15. Each week, let us enjoy some Hot Sauce.




Pastor Park