Our church believes in prayer and as we work together, it becomes clear that we also want to support each other and those who live outside of the church. To be a witness to others, what does it mean? How can we learn to be a witness in our daily lives even if sometime we are physically limited? These are some of the questions we are asking in our class.
When we share the bread and the wine, it is our belief as Lutherans that the bread and the wine empower us and strengthen us to go out into the world, our daily jobs, our homes, and
our neighborhoods and live a life worthy of Christ’s calling. When we study the spiritual disciplines, we are studying the ways that we can continue to serve even when it hard and even when the way WE understand serving Christ may be different.
In order to get a better picture, we are looking at the book of Philipians. I’ve linked the word to a great online reference in case you want to look more closely at the text. First however, I want you to read the book as though you received a letter from Paul. This is indeed a letter that Paul wrote to a church encouraging the members to live in a certain way. How does it inform your life? How does it show places where you can do better? The following quote from chapter 4 really touches me and encourages me because many life events have brought me down in the recent weeks:
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Some questions that come to mind as I pray for our congregation is how can we encourage and support diversity? Can we find ways to reach out to the campus ministry group and to the campus itself? What does the book of Philippians tell us.
Reading of scripture is a way that we continue to be in conversation with God. Right now, our discussion is not about in-depth study, just talking about how scripture informs prayer. How does scripture fit into your life? What are your reading habits? Let’s talk more about these different things because it’s important to be connected with scripture as we grow in ministry.
May God bless you each. You bring such wisdom to our conversations. If you have not been able to join us, we meet in the Campus Ministry room at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. Our group is very kind and will listen to what you have to say.