On September 13th, ELCA Lutherans will be out in force all over the country sharing the love of Christ in tangible and meaningful ways through service. There will be folks working in community gardens, visiting the elderly, cleaning up landscapes in parks, neighborhoods and open spaces. Some will be feeding the hungry, some will paint over graffiti. Al over the US the People of God of the ELCA will put their hands to the task of doing God’s work in our communities. We will join them. After worship on Sunday Sept 13th, all who are able are invited to join us at the site of our Mission Partner, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, to weed, trim, and clean up their landscape. We will put our hands to the task of God’s work in the world.
While God’s Work our Hands Sunday is only one day a year, we know that We are Called, Gathered and Sent to put our hands to the task of God’s work in the world every day. Christian vocation is all about using our spiritual gifts, talents, lives and resources to be a blessing to those we encounter. Of course we know that. After all folks at FOC have been doing that for years. Some of us feed the hungry and homeless, some host the WHO, some visit the homebound, many volunteer in many ways in our community. But, have you thought about how being purposeful about what we do and why we do it has the power to truly bless? Each time we go into the world with the hearts desire to be a blessing, God’s work is done transforming our community and world with the love and grace of God lived out in the daily lives of followers of Jesus. Love in action changes things, especially when it flows from the heart of God through us into the world.
This year, our Sunday School ministry will capture the theme God’s Work our Hands throughout the year, helping our young ones connect what they learn and hear at Church with the world in which they live. Our Mission Partner ministry will focus beyond the financial needs of agencies we support to opportunities to put our hands to the task of God’s Work in the world. Through out the year there will be many opportunities for us to join our hands in service to our community. Each of us is encouraged to prayerful ask God to use their hands in the day to day living of life to be a blessing, transforming all we do into God’s Work lived out through our hands. Blessings, Pastor Kit