On Palm Sunday (April 17, 2011), Bishop Lawrence Wohlrabe, will ask the Rev. Karen Young Trenne, several questions.
Among them: Will she commit herself to the new responsibility before her and be confident that it is a call from God through the call of the church? Will she preach and teach in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and the Confessions of the Lutheran Church in harmony with the constitutions of the ELCA?
Will she be diligent in her personal study of Godâ€™s Word? And will she love, serve and pray for Godâ€™s people in that place, nourish them with the Word and sacraments and lead by her own example?
To all the questions, Pastor Karen will reply, â€œI will and I ask God to help me.â€
The questions and answers will happen twice in two places: 9 a.m. in Fisher (Minn.) Lutheran Church, and 11 a.m. in Bygland Lutheran, a church in the lovely open countryside surrounded by farm land about nine miles east of East Grand Forks. On the day palm branches are waved in our worship services, Pastor Karen will be installed as pastor of the dual parish where sheâ€™s been interim pastor since October of 2009.
Is she thrilled and thankful? â€œYes, of course,â€ Pastor Karen said. â€œItâ€™s really fun for me because my first parish in 1990, at Borup and Felton (Minn.) was sugar beet and wheat farmers and this is sugar beet and wheat farmers.â€
Pastor Karenâ€™s husband, the Rev. Paul Trenne, has served St. Markâ€™s Lutheran in Grand Forks since 1998. She was co-pastor with him there from 2005 to 2009.
The public is invited to Pastor Karenâ€™s installation services which will include Holy Communion. Then, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., there will be a celebration reception in her honor at Fisher Lutheran.
Pastor Karen says she is â€œhonored and humbled by this call from God to serve Him,â€ and the good people of Fisher Lutheran and Bygland. Among her most fervent prayers is that â€œGodâ€™s love may be known in all that I do.â€
To that we say, â€œAmen,â€ which means, â€œyea yea it shall be so,â€ because will she ask God to help her and we know He will.