Once again the annual meeting has come and gone. We have held elections, passed a budget, heard reports, and been challenged to be the church together as our ministry continues to unfold this year. We have a good and strong council to lead us, committees to study, plan and initiate activity. We have volunteers to accomplish everything we want to do. Oops, rewind that.
We have people, we have gifted people, and as the song says, “All God’s children got a place in the choir.” Well, maybe not specifically the choir, although I know Emily would be pleased and there are some of you who might want to give it try. There are other committees and service work that are open and eagerly seeking new volunteers. Have you explored the descriptions, printed on cards in the rack at the left entry to the worship area? What is God calling you to do at Grace this year?
As we concluded our exploration of part of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians in January, we were reminded of the gift of God’s love given to each of us to love one another. Rather than emphasizing only what part of the Long Range Plan needs implementation now, or how we are guided by our constitution and policies, or reaching even more young people with our programming, or even gathering more people for worship, we don’t we focus on God’s love lived out in this faith community?
All of the descriptors found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” require first, a total dependence on God to be authentic and honest in all of our relationships. God made us. God knows us. God love us. Trusting in God’s love, we can be real with one another, speaking the truth in love, and letting others get to know who we are. What do we have to lose? Not God’s love, that’s for sure! And we have much to gain.
Emboldened by God’s love and empowered by the Holy Spirit, let’s live together in love.
Pastor Sally Wilke
Grace Lutheran Church is a caring community of disciples, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
Many people think family only applies when we are related by blood. Here at Grace Lutheran Church of South Range, we are related by blood; the blood of Jesus, who lived and loved, suffered and died, and rose again so we would be reconciled to God. As beloved children of God, we are all related.
So…whether you’re a family of one or dozens, you are family to us. Our worship, faith formation activities, community service and witness are grounded in key tenets of the Lutheran Church.
- If you participate in worship, using written resources to guide your involvement, please join us.
- If you are a grateful forgiven sinner, please join us.
- If you long to rely on the presence of God and the prayers of your community, please join us.
- If you believe that God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit are one God, please join us.
- If you want to know how God’s love works, please join us.
- If you would like to know more about God’s grace, please join us.
There is always room in God’s family for you!