Thursday, October 27

Sharing Our Gifts

Dear Friends,

Over the past few weeks in worship, we have taken time to give thanks to God for our many gifts, including our Lutheran heritage. We have discussed Luther's understanding of stewardship, justification, two kingdoms, and vocation. This week, in what should be a truly inspiring celebraion, we will look at the concept of the priesthood of all believers. The constant reminder throughout these weeks is that we all have gifts to offer for the good of St. Andrew's Church and the kingdom of God.

Attached to this message is a form developed by our Stewardship Committee encouraging you to use your gifts, to continue to be generous in your support of St. Andrew's and its ministries, and to pray for our mission together. There are also boxes that you can check off if you would like more information about a specific ministry or small group in the church. Take time to read through this form and prayerfully consider how God may be calling for you. During Saturday and Sunday worship, there will be time allowed for you to fill out this form (there will be copies with the Sunday bulletin) and bring it forward. These forms will serve as a great source of encouragement to our leaders as they vision and plan for our future as the people of God.

I have been asked by several people since last Sunday for the quotes that I used to conclude my message on vocation. Here they are:

"Humble service doesn't demean one's dignity. It defines it."

"Find that place where your greatest joy and passion intersects with the needs of the world. Go to that place for there is your calling." - Frederick Buechner.

See you in church!

Pastor Mueller