Dear Friends in Christ,
This month a team from Synod will join us in an effort to strengthen our outreach to our community by offering classes and workshops to improve our witnessing and assimilation skills and procedures.
You will be hearing more about this as we continue to prepare for their arrival.There are many ways you can be involved in this effort called “The 72 Project”. I hope you will participate in several of these opportunities. One aspect we need your help with right now. Please join me in praying for God’s blessings on this effort.
From now until April 12th please pray the Lord will bless and guide the efforts of our leadership team and prepare the members of St. Paul’s for participation in this project.From April 13th to the 17th please add prayers for the Lord’s protection and blessing on the project team as they travel from their homes. From April 18th to May 7th please pray the Lord will bless and guide the team and the congregation members who participate.And on April 8th please pray the Lord will protect the team as they travel home.Most of all begin now asking the Lord to direct and bless you in your participation in this project and its application to your life.
May this time with the team and time spent in prayer be a blessing to us all.
We are in the season of epiphany. Epiphany means revealing. During this season we read of Jesus being revealed to the disciples and to the people as the Messiah and as the Son of God.
God the Father first used a star to reveal Jesus the Messiah’s birth to the Magi. Then He spoke at Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan and later on the mount of Transfiguration. Jesus revealed Himself to be the Messiah by calling disciples and showing them glimpses of His divine power and authority.
Jesus has now given us the task of revealing Him to the world. As baptized members of His body we are called to share our faith and give the reason for the hope that is in us. We do that directly person-to-person and we do it by supporting the work of Christ’s body the Church.
You as the St. Paul’s congregation have a way to support that work throughout our county, across our nation and around the world through donations to “Missions Monthly”. This month those funds will be distributed to help fund the broadcasting of the Lutheran Hour in our area. Additionally, support will be sent to the Rebuilding the Breach Ministry for their Bakery House and Lydia House projects and to the Gloria Dei Hispanic Mission in Valparaiso. Finally, through these mission dollars you will join the People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO) in their work to bring the Gospel of Christ to the people from Muslim lands.
Missions Monthly is a way for us to be part of Christ’s “epiphany” to people of other languages and in other places. It provides means for us to be part of revealing Christ across cultures and around the world. It also provides us with great opportunities to be about the work Christ gave His Church to do. Please keep your heart open to such opportunities and your eyes open for the opportunities He gives you across the table and around the block.
Rev. Don Stock is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Munster, Indiana.
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