And so it begins…

The fall term at Montana State has officially kicked off and so I wanted to offer a blessing from Irish poet, philosopher, and Catholic scholar–John O’Donohue. Students, please know that you–in addition to faculty, staff, and administration–are held in prayer by the Montana Synod, the LCM Board, and area ELCA congregations, as well as by me. May your year be filled with rich learning, meaningful fellowship, and discovery.

God’s peace,
Annie

Blessing For a New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

—John O’Donohue

Back to School Blessings

The start of the new school year at Montana State is quickly approaching and Lutheran Campus Ministry is gearing up for all of the excitement that accompanies it! With that in mind, I wanted to both welcome you and introduce myself because I’m new to MSU as well.

My name is Annie Langseth and I have the privilege of serving as the LCM Intern Pastor for the 2016-2017 academic year. I arrived to Bozeman in July from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN for my pastoral internship as part of my seminary education. In addition to serving on campus, I also have the opportunity to serve as the vicar at Hope Lutheran Church. Hope is one of two area ELCA congregations, the other is Christ the King. If you’re13770302_10101893076561485_3138260573133658272_n (1) not already familiar with them, I would invite you to learn more about each as both congregations would love to welcome you to Bozeman!

Tomorrow I have the chance to help with Move-In Day at Johnstone Hall from 10:00 a.m. to noon and on Thursday and Friday, LCM will be tabling at Catapalooza from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I’m excited to meet students at these events (and others during the course of the year), but you’ll also be able to spot me regularly in the SUB on Thursdays. So please feel free to introduce yourself as you see me out and about, or email me (annie@lutherancats.org) and we can schedule a time to meet for coffee. You can also keep in touch with what LCM at MSU is up to by joining our emailing list and following us on Facebook and Instagram.

I’m looking forward to the year ahead and all of the opportunities to work with students, staff, and faculty in addition to our congregations. And I’m especially interested in listening to what students are wanting and needing from LCM and supporting and fostering their own gifts to make those things comes to life. There are a lot of possibilities for what we can do and accomplish together!

Blessings to you as you embark on the adventure of a new school year. May it be an enriching, formative, positive experience! Please let me know how I might accompany you along the way.

-Annie Langseth