This article, written by a Lutheran pastor, came across my desk recently and his words help us to ponder what is keeping the church, and individuals, from growing in faith and reaching out to a hurting world. Check out the link below and be open to God's Spirit moving within you for the good of the Kingdom. An interesting Lenten Listening Pondering.
Posted on February 20, 2018 9:26 AM
On Sunday, I approached the text, the temptations of Jesus (Luke 4:1-13), from the perspective of the Church. Just as Jesus had to face the questions, "Who am I?" and "What is my mission?" when he was in the wilderness, we, as the Church, must ask the same questions as temptations from society, different groups, and varying beliefs, face us. These are necessary questions to ask as the People of God and important questions to ask as Epiphany Church.
Moving into this Lenten Season, it is a good time to not only look at ourselves (this is where these questions begin), but also look at our identity and mission as Epiphany Church. Our mission is a strong statement of inclusiveness and hospitality; our congregational values are "statements" of belief that lead us to being true to our identity and our calling. It is not only a Lenten, wilderness journey, it is a journey for life.
What do you think?
Posted on February 15, 2016 11:40 AM
How are you at having fun? Is fun something you do only when you have time? Is it something that you have to wiggle into your day for it to happen? Are fun ideas difficult for you to identify? Do you feel like having fun is a waste of time?
Fun is a very important part of one's life. Fun has many different meanings for different people. Fun is a life-line for energy, attitude, and good health.
Fun is important and necessary in our own life and it is just as important in the life of our congregation. There are many fun events that happen on a quarterly and yearly schedule at Epiphany... Beer and Hymns, Chocolate Festival, and Oktoberfest. But I think we need to have more spontanious and off-the-wall events for fun. Fun is not only about energy, attitude, and good health in a congregation as it is for individuals, but fun is also about relationships, community-building, support, and nurturre. It is about life!
So, let's have more fun around Epiphany! Let's build a fun community of believers who enjoy serving and loving each other and our neighbors.
Give us your ideas and your thoughts. Let's have some FUN!!
Posted on October 01, 2015 12:10 PM