To anyone who has been away this Summer… vacationing, relaxing, exploring, visiting family or friends or far-off places… welcome back!
To anyone who has been wandering in their faith… unsure about God, unsure about His Will, unsure about His Truth, unsure of why it matters, unsure of why to worship… welcome back!
To anyone who has been burdened by life… unable to attend because of health, because of the needs of a loved one, because of mobility issues, because of emotional burdens or interpersonal conflicts… welcome back!
To anyone who has found life too crowded… too many commitments, too many late nights, too many calendar conflicts, too much stress and frustration and always feeling like you’re behind schedule… welcome back!
To anyone who has thought they were too far gone… God’s grace can’t go as far as I have gone, I’m not worth his time, not worth his attention, not worthy of His grace nor likely to receive it… welcome back!
To anyone who needs what God offers in his house… His love, His care, His truth, His hope, His compassion, His direction, His honesty, His mercy, His death and re-birth, His body and blood, His written Word, His spoken Word, His Living Word, His family… welcome back!
To anyone who sees God’s blessings and longs to find deep and meaningful ways to give, to speak, to serve as He has given to us, spoken for us, and served us… welcome back!
There are many reasons we don’t go to church on any given Sunday. There are far more powerful reasons why we should. They have nothing to do with checking off boxes or earning status. They have everything to do with meeting a God who meets all our needs: here and now, unto infinity and eternity. Some of these gifts and blessings might be found other places, but nowhere else has them all. And they are here every single Sunday, rain or shine, fair or foul, dark or bright, when you feel hopeful or hopeless, fulfilled or frustrated, strong or weak.
No matter where you are, no matter where you’ve been, no matter what you have faced or are facing or will face… God calls to you and longs to tell you… welcome back!
I look forward to seeing you soon,
Pastor Rob Morris
About Our Pastor Rob Morris:
Pastor Rob Morris is celebrating his seventh year of serving at Christ the King Lutheran Church. He was ordained into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod after a colloquy process that involved one semester of classwork at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and a supervised vicarage here at Christ the King. His previous training included both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, MA, where he also served as a Teacher’s Assistant leading classwork for both the Greek and Hebrew departments.
Before his call to Christ the King, Pastor Morris served as a full-time staff member at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA, focusing on both the youth and worship ministries. Going even further back, Pastor Rob’s background was in software sales and his undergraduate work was in business and organizational behavior.
Pastor Morris is joyfully married to his high school sweetheart, Christy, and July 2018 marks their 16th wedding anniversary. They have been entrusted with two wonderful boys: Elijah, 12, and Isaiah, 9. As a family, they love to hike, bike, kayak, explore, read, and play music together.
In his free time, Pastor Morris loves reading, playing music on a growing number of instruments, biking, camping, woodworking, and working on old trucks – currently an old Ford and an even older Studebaker.