ELCA God's Work. Our Hands. Mission Sunday
“..the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go…..The seventy returned with joy.” Luke 10.1,17
Save the date! ELCA God’s Work. Our Hands. Day of Service this year is Sunday, September 9th. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
This is the Sunday when the people of Luther Memorial literally ‘get on the road’ and walk with Jesus into our community. Annual Day of Service Photos
Powered by the Holy Spirit and the vision of mission, the folks of Luther Memorial take this opportunity to intentionally put their ‘hand to the plow’ so to serve others within our community. In their serving, they are looking for God already at work bringing about new life in others. Planning begins well before the day of service, community needs are identified by members of Luther Memorial. Through this open suggestion process, members are able to share their passions and concerns with us. Service opportunities develop with both local and global needs in mind. Teams are formed, resources gathered, and worship planned.
There are many who believe that the church of God has a mission. At Luther Memorial, however, we believe that the Mission of God has a church. We pray that we are faithful participants in that mission.
Footnote: Our homegrown program here at Luther Memorial, "On The Road With Jesus", started in our congregation in June, 2010 and continued until 2016, when it segued into participation in the ELCA God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday held in September. Every year, the mission activities change a bit as we seek a stronger community emphasis. We are the "hands and feet of Jesus" in the world. One of the inspiring stained glass windows in our sanctuary (shown here) served as our program "logo" at that time.