Grace Lutheran Church is an intentionally caring community of God, witnessing to our faith, hope and love through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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!
Pastor Sally Wilke
Introducing Assisting Ministers…
Working with the worship and music committee and the coordinators of worship ministries, we are expanding the ministry of “assisting minister.” For many years, the roles of assisting the congregation in worship have been distributed among many volunteers. As long as we have enough volunteers, than this will continue during the “odd” months of the year. We will we introduce Assisting Ministers into worship during the “even” months of the year. One or two people will serve each month as the Assisting Minister, reading scripture, assisting with Holy Communion and leading the congregation in prayer.
The assisting minister role has deep roots in Christian history. The early church commissioned deacons to take extra food from the offering at holy communion to those in need. In this role they came to serve as assisting ministers in worship: reading scripture, praying for the needs of the world, receiving and giving thanks for the offering, setting the table with bread and wine, assisting the presiding minister at the table, serving the people, and sending the people forth to love and serve their neighbor.
Therefore, the assisting minister must be capable of serving in many ways. The role requires an understanding of all the parts of worship and how they work together. The assisting minister role gets its particular shape from its dual responsibility in assisting the gathered community in its worship and at the same time assisting the presiding minister in her or his leadership. This ancient role has its own dignity and centrality within worship and, along with the presiding minister, offers continuity of leadership throughout the worship service.
When we know this together as a whole community, we can share the responsibility for raising up leaders for this role and receive and support their leadership as they assist in worship.
We hope this abbreviated description of the role of assisting minister will help you understand and appreciate this new leadership role and will encourage you to suggest people who might be good candidates for this important position—maybe yourself!
May God bless Tammy Harju and Janet Kokko as they serve as Assisting Ministers this month and all of us, as we follow their leadership.
– Pastor Sally