Together: We Are Sent!

Dear Friends,
Okay, so this week is a crazy one for me – thus a day late on the blog – and a shorter one at that!
Nothing major going on with me, just a combination of events that have limited how much time I’ve had in front of the computer (which isn’t always that bad!). 
I continue to feel grateful for our time in worship together. Last Sunday I was happy to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of worshiping in our current building. It was built in 1968 and the first worship held in it was on Sunday, September 22 of that year. At the close of worship on Sunday we invited all current members who were worshiping that day 50 years ago, to come forward for a photo. Great memories for them and an important milestone in the history of our 160 year old congregation.
We were also reminded in worship last Sunday about how, together, we are united in Christ for a common purpose and mission. That mission is to make known the good news of Jesus Christ in our surrounding community and world! We used Paul’s familiar metaphor of the body and its many members as it relates to the church found in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. The children even came forward and led us in their own version of All God’s Critters! It was great!
Now this Sunday we conclude our Together: Created for Community preaching and worship series as we – created, called, and united – are now sent into the world to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is called our Lord’s Great Commission and is found in Matthew 28:16-20. I look forward to diving into this text and exploring with you what it means to be sent – together – into the world.
There’s much happening around the church now that Summer has ended and we are full swing into Fall events and activities. We have begun confirmation classes on Wednesday nights. There are six students in grades 6-8 in confirmation with me. This evening we will all be doing a service project together. We will be visiting some of our homebound/elderly members of the church. This is a great opportunity for our youth and older members to meet and connect as we continue to build on the great inter-generational ministry and community that already exists at First UMC in Lindstrom. Our Wednesday evening Living Your Strengths book study concludes this evening. We will begin a new lectionary-based study next week called Daily Discipleship. This series will take a look at the upcoming Sunday preaching texts. It will be an opportunity for members and me to explore together the text that I’ll be preaching on the following Sunday. This will be helpful for all of us as it will be an interactive opportunity to go deeper into what I preach about on Sunday morning. The choirs and praise band have been busy rehearsing and leading. The Wednesday evening family dinners have been great so far and provided some wonderful community and time for fellowship. Sunday School is underway and going well. Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study is underway. Much to be thankful for! I invite you to join with me in giving thanks to God for our community of faith and to pray that God guides us and prepares us to, and for, what God has willed for us in the future.
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That is all for today! Thank you again for reading and for your faithfulness in serving the Lord in whatever way you do.
See you in Church!
Pr. Dale