I want to invite you to join us after worship this Sunday, March 18, for a special time of corporate spiritual discernment. Back in August, we had a similar event, led by the Missional Steering Committee, in which we asked the question: how has God equipped the people of Peace Lutheran to do the work of ministry? People who participated in that event said it was “surprisingly fun!”
Key themes that emerged from the August event were that this is a congregation that is deeply rooted in God’s Word, through Scripture and the life of worship; and that because of this, the congregation of Peace Lutheran is equipped to take risks and build bridges into the community for the sake of the gospel. The Missional Steering Committee sat with these themes for some time, hoping to develop a missional vocation statement. What developed from this process is this: “Bound by Christ to break boundaries.”
This Sunday, you are invited to participate in further discernment around this statement. After worship, there will be a short break to get refreshments. At 11:30 we will call you back into the sanctuary. We will begin with prayer, and then turn to some guided conversation around this statement, based in Scripture, personal experience, and our life together. We will end no later than 1:00 p.m.
I encourage you to participate in this event if you possibly can. It is important that we have as many people as possible, whether you have been attending here for many years, or only a few weeks. Our goal is to listen to the Spirit through as many and as diverse a group as we can. The more individuals who participate, the more productive and innovative our conversation will be, and the better we will be able to put our results into action.
The process of corporate spiritual discernment is one we learned through our participation in the Partnership for Missional Church. Though that 3-year process is over, the skills and habits that we learned through it continue. It is our goal as a congregation that we are always working together to discern how God is calling us to use our particular gifts and abilities, and where God is calling us to act. You may have participated in these kinds of discernment events in the past. This may be your first. Either way, you are an important piece to this on-going conversation.
I look forward to Sunday’s conversation, and sincerely hope that you will be able to attend.
Peace, in Christ,