Have you been praying for Pastor Merrill? Did you know that he's not just pastor at St. John? He's also the Mapleton Circuit Counselor for Iowa-District West of the LC/MS? Did you know that as Circuit Counselor, he's been serving as the vacancy-pastor for the Ricketts Triple-Parish churches? Or that he's on the Board of Concordia Cub Week at Camp Okaboji? God's kept him pretty busy lately. Recently, Rev. Brandt at St. Paul, Ute announced he's retiring July 17, so Pastor Merrill will have more on his plate, even if he's not asked to fill their vacancy too.
There's no slow season for a pastor. Sure, he here to pray for the members of St. John, but we can pray for him too. Even Moses needed someone to help hold up his arms (Exodus 17:8-13).