“the house of God, and…the gate of heaven”

Dear Disciples of American Lutheran,

All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just the clergy but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where – or rather whom – we come to. Jesus refers to the story of the vision of Jacob, who called the place of his vision “the house of God, and…the gate of heaven” (Gen. 2:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen

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