|God’s Work! Our Hands! With those words as a guide, on or around the weekend of September 12-13th ELCA Lutherans all around the nation will be taking an active opportunity to fulfill “our” Church’s mission. That mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (of which we are a part) is:
Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the ELCA. As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus’ name throughout the world.
God’s Work! Our Hands! With those words as an emphasis of our common calling, ELCA Christians will join for a time this month with others, in large and small ways in and around our congregations, to be a living witness to the vision that is ours as the ELCA:
Claimed by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we are a new creation through God’s living word by the power of the Holy Spirit; Gathered by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will live among God’s faithful people, hear God’s word and share Christ’s supper; Sent by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, serve all people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and strive for justice and peace in all the world.
God’s Work! Our Hands! We of Jordan will do our part this year to join our sisters and brothers in Christ in the ELCA in this mission and vision opportunity through an electronics recycling afternoon/evening in our church parking lot on Wednesday, September 23rd (of which you can read more details in this newsletter).
In this way Our Hands will do God’s Work and make a difference in our world. That’s the mission we share! That’s the vision to which the Lord hopes we will witness together, not just once a year but each and every day of our lives, individually and especially together as the ELCA.
Rev. Jimmy Lee Werley