West Union United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Luke 10:27

Pastor's Corner


 Stirrings of the Waters*

(thoughts, observations, hopes, and/or movements of the Spirit)

           Rick, how’s it going?

I think it’s going pretty well, aside from apparently I’m hallucinating that I’m interviewing myself.

               It happens….

Yes, so like I said, aside from that, it’s going pretty well, I think.

Arriving in West Union during the pandemic has to be a bit of a challenge.

True, and I think I’ve worn out the joke about learning everyone’s faces when they’re all wearing masks.  So, we’re trying to keep everyone healthy: physically, emotionally, spiritually.  I can’t wait for us to be able to worship together, singing, praying, greeting one another, and being normal again.

What else is going on?

We’re looking at confirmation classes and the start of Sunday School.  School School will start on September 13th.  We’re keeping an eye out for the situation in the community with the pandemic, so things could change week-to-week.  I’ll be sending a letter out to the potential confirmands and their families so that we can meet their needs and begin to organize.

What’s your favorite baseball team?

Hmm, kind of a random question . . . the Kansas City Royals.  When I was growing up in Oran, they had a farm club in Waterloo – the Waterloo Royals – so I’ve been a fan for a long time.


Iowa, Iowa State, or UNI?

Yes, all of the above.  I was born in Ames, so there’s that.

Say something about serving in West Union and Elgin.  That’s new for us and a surprise for you.

Not really a surprise, I was advised about the possibility and see it as mutually beneficial for both congregations and both communities.  It’s fun to see the similarities and differences.  Each congregation has its own personality and personalities.  I’m looking forward to learning more and becoming more a part of each.

Will we get to meet your family?

I’m hoping my sons will be up to visit from Kansas City for Labor Day weekend, so maybe that Sunday.  We’ll see.  They’re both in their twenties and starting their careers, so you know how scheduling time off can be sometimes.  I hope they’ll be able to come.  You’ll like them. 

Any final thoughts?

In the words of the sergeant in Hill Street Blues: “Be careful out there.”  For me that means more than being safe, it means being full of care for others . . . ‘care-full.’  Amen.


Grace and peace,

Rev. Rick Burns


*           Refers to John 5:2-9, especially verse 4, concerning the pool at Bethesda within which, according to legend, when the water was stirred by an angel one might enter and be healed.