“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, September 11, is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the ELCA – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
As you continue to share God’s love with your neighbors, whether it is preparing and delivering meals to people and families rendered homeless, cleaning your neighborhood parks, or engaging in the synod’s hunger campaign, consider thanking and holding in prayer the emergency responders in your area as part of your service, on this anniversary of 9/11.
Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
You work every day to love your neighbors and make your community a better place. Let’s continuing doing this work together in 2016!
“The world can be a dangerous place. But there are some who, when disaster strikes, run toward the danger. These are the first responders, firefighters, police and EMTs, who live out their baptismal vocation in service to their communities in times of intense need. They do God’s work with their hands.”
– ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton