Week of Sunday, June 25
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah knew the frustration of having his words rejected. Jesus declares that his words may not bring peace, but division. In baptism we are buried with Christ that we may walk in newness of life. As we take stands for the sake of justice and lose our lives for the sake of others, we need not be afraid. The hairs of our head are counted. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever.
Readings and Psalm
- Jeremiah 20:7-13
The prophet must speak despite opposition
- Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18
Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind. (Ps. 69:16)
- Romans 6:1b-11
Buried and raised with Christ by baptism
- Matthew 10:24-39
The cost of discipleship
Focusing on our mission
Our redevelopment team has been identified and has begun meeting regularly. The team is Pastor Tom, Alicia, Claudia, Erika, Rene, and Yami. Additionally we are joined by Pr. Jennie from Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beverly and Hector from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod.
Each month there will be something new to focus on, or we will continue to work in the areas recommended by the Synod. These areas are Growth, Shared Leadership, Discipleship, Stewardship, Contextual and Relevant Worship, and an Inclusivity Plan. With Hector’s help the redevelopment team has identified short term goals in each of these areas.
Over the next month the redevelopment team will focus on the following goals:
- Recruit and train Godly Play leaders
- Scheduling a training to help people share their faith stories
- Scheduling a training for those who want to help lead worship
- Ask more members to share their stories in church
- Pastor Tom will begin regular coaching sessions
- Begin announcing the offering in church to help convey the meaning of our gifts
Additionally we will continue working to be a more inviting church, sharing our stories, and living into our new call to mission. We are blessed to have a community that is ready to do the work of the spirit and encourage your questions and comments, and appreciate your support as we work together in this process.
PS – We made sure that Pr. Jennie and Hector got a t-shirt 🙂