“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. In speaking about his congregation’s experience, a 10-year-old member from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Whittier, Calif., puts it best: “It feels good to give.”
According to Terri Roberston, youth and family minister at St. Andrew, “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday offers his congregation a unique way to “see the face of God.”
“From the formation of a planning team to (St. Andrew’s) donations of school supplies and monetary gifts – and finally the weekend of assembling, packing, cutting, tying and delivering – I witnessed our congregation serve together in ways I have not seen before. Through it all, we grew closer to one another,” says Terri.In Colorado Springs, Colo., five ELCA congregations joined together and participated in 11 service projects across the city.
“All ages – from our Brownie Girl Scouts to our older members, one just recovering from a stroke – we worked side by side sharing in a common goal: To be the hands of God here in Whittier. On Sunday, when we delivered food to those in need throughout our community, we had the chance to see the face of God over and over again. Many were inspired to work in the days and weeks ahead to serve in this way on a consistent and more frequent basis.”
“We made sure we had service projects for all ages and abilities,” says a member from Ascension Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs of her experience. “At the end of the day, folks reconvened for a fellowship celebration and viewed a video compilation of photos from the day. We had a brief time for reflection and worship. We all met new friends and were connected with partner congregations and fantastic ministries in our city. We served in God’s name and saw God at work.”You work every day to love your neighbors and make your community a better place. Let’s continuing doing this work together in 2016! Resources to guide your congregation’s planning and promotion are coming soon.