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Pastor Robyn Kistemaker

    
Greetings!  I am Robyn Kistemaker, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Corydon, Indiana!  I am excited to be a part of the ministry that is happening here at St. Peter's and in Corydon!  I live here with my husband, David Hively, and our son, Lucas, who was born January 15, 2014.  David is also a pastor and is currently serving at a congregation in Goshen, KY. 

    I have felt a call to ordained ministry since I was about 15 years old, and being here and able to serve with such a wonderful congregation is one of the many blessings in my life!  I attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio and graduated in 2009.  I began my ministry here at St. Peter's and Gethsemane in September of 2009 and I was ordained into the ministry on November 9, 2009.  I absolutely love ministry because I get to serve God in many and new ways each and every day, whether it be through visitation, worship leadership, or visioning with the congregation.  One of the most valuable and wonderful things I have learned about ministry is that it is something that is done best with the whole body of Christ working together.  We are each so differently and uniquely gifted that it's only when we are working together that the true beauty of God's plan comes into focus! 

    I invite you to join us in worship each Sunday.  We are a welcoming congregation and we love one another as family!  We are always excited to meet new travelers along the path that has been laid for us by Christ.  Whether or not you have a background in church, we would love to have you join us and hear with us the story of God's amazing love and free gift of grace!  There is a place in our congregation and a place at the table for all people.


Pastor's Page for May 2015

Greetings!

 Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  It is never too late in the Easter season for us to remind ourselves of this and rejoice over it.  Yet, it can so tempting for us to stay gathered around the empty tomb and focus solely on the signs of resurrection within our own lives or the lives of our congregations.  The empty tomb, the announcement of the resurrection, the signs of new life, these are only part of the message of Easter.

            The rest of the message moves us into the future.  From Mark 16:7 “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you."  Following Christ does not end at the empty tomb.  Following Christ always takes us onto another place, to where we are not at yet, to some “Galilee” where Christ has gone before us. 
            To live the resurrection is to be called to movement, to change, to transformation both as individuals and as congregations.  It can be very frightening to us to leave behind the places where we have been blessed to see signs of resurrection and new life.  These places are ones that nourish our souls and make us feel safe and content.  As a prayer from the LBW evening service says: “Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown…”  This is intimidating and does not exactly engender great confidence in going ahead.  Yet, thankfully, this is not where the prayer ends, it continues: “Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.” 
            We are not called to this change or venture just for the sake of change or out of boredom, but this trip we embark upon is for the sake of the world, for the sake of those who still are burning with a desire to know Christ but have not yet met Him.  We are empowered to do this because we know that Christ is already there.  It is God’s hand that guides us in the paths His Son has already taken.  He promises to meet us there as we go so that we can continue in the confidence of He who died and overcame death for our sake. 
            So, let’s not just stay hanging around an empty tomb, but instead let us go onto “Galilee,” wherever that may be, with the awesome message of the empty tomb and the wonderful comfort and promise that we can expect to find Christ there ahead of us.  

 

Blessings!

Pastor Robyn Kistemakerr