Go in peace; serve the Lord!
Of the many songs I learned as a camp counselor, one still has me humming its tune. “Let what we do in here fill the streets out there,” was the refrain. It later occurred to me that our sending at the end of each worship is charging us with basically the same thing. “Go in peace and serve the lord” is a short way to say, “let the reconciliation between God and man we experience in worship fill the streets of our communities" and “let the foretaste of the feast to come" we celebrate in worship fill the hearts and minds of our neighbors. Furthermore, we gather in worship to empty the weight of sin during confession so that we can be filled up with Christ in communion. The sending is then a charge to take Christ with us as we “share burdens,” and “stir up love and good works” with our family, friends and neighbors (Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 10:24)
In obedience to this sending, our church council has joyfully blessed the efforts to mobilize an Outreach Campaign that would focus on creating opportunities for members of AELC to serve the lord by sharing the gospel in word and/or deed. Our goal is to animate our sending in such a way that it furnishes a mission-oriented culture that is ready and eager to share the good news of Jesus Christ!
We plan to take a W.I.S.E. approach to this campaign. That is, we hope to reach out to the community through Worship, Instruction, Service and Ecclesia (fellowship). Already a worship team has formed to lead services once a month for Brightview Assisted Living in Edgewater. We have also discussed several instruction opportunities for the community such as the faith-based “Financial Peace University,” “Safe Talk” suicide prevention, Christian family hour at the library, and an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) faith-based basketball clinic. Furthermore, a media team is in the works to help us broadcast more effectively on social media sites, etc.
Lastly, we need YOUR help. At the annual February meeting, several of our leaders will lay out a fuller picture of this ministry and how you can get involved. We are all ears, so please let us know if you have any W.I.S.E. ideas on how to engage the community through worship, instruction, service or ecclesia. You can email us at email@example.com. In the meantime, may God bless you in this new year and may God bless us as we seek to “fill the streets out there with what we do in here.”
In Christ, Pastor Mark Metze
is a creative way to ready and study God's Word by creating notes and drawings to accompany Scripture verses. This group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30. I have also included a picture of the Bible Journaling Group.