Come, Holy Spirit, and set our hearts on fire!

John warned Jesus about a man casting out demons in Jesus’ name without being one of the disciples.Jesus says to leave the man to his healing work. Sacraments and creeds are not the essence of who we are as Christians, and the healing work of Jesus does not belong to us alone. Our life is the life of the Holy Spirit Jesus has breathed into us. We live in the love of the Father. Our religion is merely an outward expression of the grace God has given us. The healing work of Jesus can come from anyone, anywhere at any time. Religious beliefs and philosophical opinions are only important if they lead us deeper into faith and hope and love. Grace is everywhere. Grace is for everyone.

We need one volunteer from the congregation to attend the Fall Conference gathering on Sunday, November 4th at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie. There will be a group of 10 of us, so youwon’t be alone. It should be interesting as we learn about other churches in the area and hear theBishop speak about her vision for our synod. Let me or Katie know, if you are interested.

Grace was able to buy student bibles and lesson books that include Luther’s Small Catechism for all ofour Confirmation students. What an awesome gift!

We will host a series of events after church in October and November to introduce you to the many ways you can help out with our worship on Sundays. These are wonderful opportunities to assist with the liturgy and easy ways to contribute to the life of our community. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Sangha invite you all to a week-long explorationof Zen Buddhism, beginning with Zen priest Ben Connelly’s presentation “Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara.” Friday, October 5th at 7pm. Reception to follow. All are welcome. Visitwww.goodshepherdsangha.com to learn more. Contact Vicar Micah at vicar@gracesouthrange.com if you want to know more about the events for the week.

Do you have dreams for our church? Have you had an idea you wish you could try out on ourcongregation? Talk to me. Grace is your church. Let’s make it what you need it to be.

As always, I am here for you and want to hear from you. Drop by my office, grab me after church orstop me at Walmart… I look forward to talking with you.

With faith and hope and love,

Micah

Vicar Micah Cavaleri

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