A Word From The Shepherd
Often when I do a leadership workshop for congregations around the synod, one of the first things I do is an exercise that asks the question:
“What is the purpose of the church?”
Over the years there have been many and varied answers:
The church is a place to worship God
The church should take care of the members
The church should teach children
While these are all answers, the gospels would have us examine other roles:
The church needs to reach out to give the love of Christ to a hurting world.
The church should feed people who are hungry
The church should proclaim God’s love for all people
The church should be a place where love, forgiveness, and reconciliation are practiced.
I am always happy to help plan ‘God’s work. Our hands’, when ELCA Lutherans from across our country gather to serve the community.
This year was no exception! Holy Trinity had a terrific turn out for the luncheon, to pack meals, to work on the car wash and to sing at Plum Creek. 15,000 meals were packed, cars were washed, music brought the love of God and many smiles. Good job…thank you!
As your interim pastor, I am always delighted when we find new and greater ways to serve God in the world. Do you have any new ideas? I’d love to hear them.