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As I read the Scripture, it is clear to me from beginning to end that God's intent is to walk alongside the children of creation. Even our sin and rebellion cannot dissuade God from this purpose again and again. The Old Testament tells the story of God's walk with Abraham and Sarah, their descendants, the kings and prophets. God is the ever present God. Immanuel is the name given to the prophet Isaiah. Then at the crossroad of time, the Lord God took on our flesh to be physically present with us for a time in order to reveal the very heart of God. Jesus said as He walked among us, "Love one another as I have loved you." "You will be My witnesses to the end of the earth." "Let your light so shine that people see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven."

 

I'd like to put a word over the next year of our life and ministry at Living Lord. It flows from the word used to describe the Holy Spirit, "Paraclete." It has been translated "counselor or advocate." It can be translated "one who walks beside." The word for the coming year is Accompaniment. My sister played the flute. Whenever she played a solo she usually had someone "accompany" her on piano. The person played alongside her, complementing and supporting her music.

 

Jesus sends us to go alongside people when they're in need, when they're in grief, when they're celebrating, when they're in transition we are sent to accompany them. People in our congregational family and people beyond this family system. We can grow up with others as they discover how God is with them. We can accompany them as they read and dwell in the Scriptures. We are called and sent to a ministry of Accompaniment, to work together for mercy and justice. So in the coming 12 months let's be aware of how we are graced and gifted and called and sent by God and a ministry of Accompaniment.

 

Pastor Roy

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Bonus Words!

Some Bonus Words (In our 40 Words in 40 Days Emphasis)

 

STEWARDSHIP – We have been blessed and gifted. We have been showered with resources individually and as a congregation. Our response to God in the use and sharing of those resources is called STEWARDSHIP. Through October and November we will be inviting people to consider specifically and intentionally their financial response to God’s Faithfulness and Love. During the weekends of November 12/13 and 19/20 we will receive people’s statement of intention. Please prayerfully consider your stewardship response and challenge yourself to grow in your giving and sharing.   As God pours the blessings in we are called by that Grace to pass the blessings along.

 

INVITATION – Have you ever received an invitation to a party? Surely you have. As a more extroverted person, my heart starts beating faster when I receive an invitation to get together with others for a celebration. (Regardless of whether it is for a wedding, birthday or just a gathering of friends) Even if I can’t go I appreciate being thought of, remembered, valued and intentionally invited. There are people in your life; neighbors, friends, work partners, even acquaintances who need to know the love and grace of God is for them. Even if they cannot come. Even if they worship somewhere else. Even if they are not interested at this time. Please intentionally invite them to join to you in worship, in Christian fellowship, in study. Your invitation will say they are known by God, loved by God, valued by God. In these days that intentional invitation may be just what they need to hear at that moment. It may touch their hearts now or later.  God will use your invitation to do the work of grace.

 

SOLIDARITY – This is a great word. It has come to mean standing together, standing with, joining our strength (or weakness) with that of another. Living Lord Church is standing in SOLIDARITY with all the people of Bethany College and Lindsborg, Kansas. They have been the target of hateful racist messages and threats. We wrote messages, prayers and encouragements to this community (in worship on September 24 & 25). We promised to pray for them. I am asking everyone at Living Lord Church to stand in SOLIDARITY with those who work to include all people. Encourage people who give themselves for the uplift of others. Stand against hate and prejudice. Pray that God will give us eyes to see and a sense of responsibility to one another that all people may grow in the blessings of this world and this nation.

As the fall season changes the leaves of the trees into beautiful and diverse color, may our hearts and lives be changed and transformed by the amazing grace of God and the call to follow Jesus in all things.

Pastor Roy

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40 Words in 40 Days

40 Words in 40 Days

We live with words. We are such verbal people. Words define our relationships with others. Words communicate our intentions and affections. Words can bring people close or push people away. Words can influence, encourage, comfort, anger and enrage. Words have power. The way we use our words is more important than most people consciously realize.

 

The idea behind our theme, 40 Words in 40 Days, is there are some pretty familiar “Christian” words that we may use often or hear frequently, but when asked, “What does that word mean?” we may stumble to give it a full expression. So our list includes Grace, Mercy, Vocation, Ransom, God’s Will, Christ, Mediator, Sanctification, Righteousness, Confession, Discipleship, Faith, Humility, Lamentation, and more... Each day we will consider a Word used in the Bible and see what it means to us.

 

I hope our reflection on these words will help to ground our lives in the promises of God.  Because after all, when God spoke the words, “Let there be...” in the book of Genesis, the creation of all things sprang forth. When God spoke Love into the world Jesus became human.

 

These words of God are definitive and formative for our lives.

 

See what these words mean to you and then, let’s talk about them (using our best words).

           

Pastor Roy Christell

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