When you hear the word disciple, do you think of yourself? Do you consider yourself to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? Do you know what it means to be one? It is time to stop thinking of disciples as just 12 men of ancient times who followed Jesus. Jesus says to you and me, 'COME, FOLLOW ME!'
I am so grateful that this Sunday is Pentecost, the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. As we embark upon the Discipleship Pathway we know that it is only through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that we can be people of faith. As we move from knowing THE STORY to LIVING the story we know that is only through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that we can live our lives for Jesus Christ.
This Sunday, May 19, we will consider the first aspect of the DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAY: BE CONNECTED TO JESUS. Our emphasis will be on 'surrendering each day to Jesus as Lord'. Take some time and read Acts 2 to prepare your hearts and minds for worship.
In addition I hope that you will give a GENEROUS and SACRIFICIAL LOVE OFFERING or ADOPT A BILL this Sunday. Many of you received a white response card in the mail. Fill it out and place it in the globes during the reception of tithes and offerings. Or you may use one of the cards that will be provided at worship. As of Wednesday 34 households have given or promised the equivalent of $37,769.50. $22,000.00 was designated to repay our dedicated funds from which money had been borrowed to pay operating expenses. Thank you to those who responded last Sunday and I hope many of you will offer your 'love offering' or 'adopt-a-bill' on Sunday. Remember from 2 Corinthians 9 we learn that "God loves a cheerful giver! And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work."
Central Lutheran Church