2018 Stewardship Emphasis – Stewards of His Mission!
Theme verse: 1 Peter 2:9 – “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Week 1 – September 29-30 – Chosen for the Mission (“You are a chosen race… a people for His own possession”)
This week we will explore how God chooses people like you and I for the mission of telling others about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This week we will look at others in the Bible that were chosen by God to do His work of telling others and look at our own life and how we too are chosen by God for this task.
Week 2 – October 6-7 – Lutheran Women in Mission (and Men and Children too!)
This week we will look more closely at some Lutheran women that are serving in the mission of proclaiming the excellencies of Jesus Christ in our life today. The theme for this service will be based on Psalm 62 as God’s Word points us to where we find rest in a changing world.
Week 3 – October 13-14 – Equipped for the Mission (“You are… a royal priesthood, a holy nation”)
This week we will learn and actually be equipped ourselves for how we are to carry out the task that is set before us to share the reason for hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15). One emphasis this week will be on being equipped through Bible studies and regular worship attendance (i.e. Word and Sacraments) in addition to looking at the unique things that God has given to us as individuals that He can use to share with others.
Week 4 – October 20-21 – Being in Mission (“That you may declare the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”)
This week’s theme is about when the proverbial rubber meets the road. We will welcome guest preacher, Rev. Mark Frith, who is currently serving as the Vice President of Ministry Services for the Central Region of Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). We will dive in to at the things that happen as we talk about what God has done in bringing us from darkness into light. Today we get some insights from some Biblical characters as to what happened when they were in the middle of speaking the Word of God and how God continued to be by their side no matter what happened. We look this week at the presence of the Holy Spirit and God’s gift of prayer.