“Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where you love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.”
(ELW #798, Will You Come and Follow Me, v. 5)
October tends to be the time of year when we focus in on stewardship – the task of caring for and using well the things God has given us – our time, our talents, and our treasures. But, for many of us, the word ‘stewardship’ doesn’t mean all of those things – it means money and it’s time to listen to how we need to give to the church.
While money and our attitudes about it are important things to talk about, there is so much more to talk about! Identity, Giftedness, Community, Relationship, Presence, Power, Love, Sharing, Re-forming, Following. All of these are marks of discipleship and this is just the tip of the iceberg. This year, we’ll be focusing on these marks of discipleship as ways of walking with Jesus and deepening our faith.
Discipleship is about faithfully following where we are called and being in tune to God’s voice urging us forward to bring peace and wholeness to the world. It’s about listening and it’s about doing. Discipleship is our life, lived in the light of Christ, casting out the darkness of the world to see and heal brokeness.
We have been called to a life that is costly and pushes us to do hard things for the sake of the world. But, the good news is that we do so, empowered by God and within the gift of community that we received in our baptism. We do none of this alone. This month, we’ll journey together, walking with Jesus, deepening our faith and growing in our discipleship as a community bound together through Christ.
Peace & Blessings,