“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
So, we just had two fun ministry events this month- the joint Blessing of the Animals we did collaboratively with Messiah and Covenant, and the Reformation Beer & Hymns fundraiser at St. Arnold’s Brewery.
The Blessing of the Animals brought together about 40 folks with their pets to give thanks for the gift of companionship. Several folks walked up from the dog park to have their dogs blessed. In the end, this Blessing was for the community, and people invited friends to join them.
The Reformation Beer & Hymns fundraiser brought together more than 140 people to sing songs, sip some brews and raise money to support the Lutherhill’s new Zion Retreat Center in Galveston. We were able to raise over $5000 for Lutherhill! Although many of us from Celebration attended and had a blast, this event was not for us, but for the sake of others.
While the Beer & Hymns was going on, some folks from the church went downtown to join A Simple Thread in providing needed resources to the homeless community as we move into the colder time of year. Again, this ministry wasn’t about us, but about those in need.
This is what we mean when we say in our Guiding Principles that It’s Not About Us. Because it isn’t. It never was. When our life and values become Christ’s life and values, then it is no longer about what we want, what we like, or what we expect. It’s about God and God’s desire for others to know and experience Christ in their own lives.
Because encounters with Christ change people. And that’s what it’s all about.
This Sunday is All Saints Sunday. It’s the day in the Church year when we specifically remember our loved ones who have died in the past year. So, think about your friends, co-workers and neighbors who may have lost someone this year. What if you invited them to join you on Sunday to help them honor the ones they love? Maybe it’s an invitation that will change their life.
Because, it’s not about us.
And, it’s just a thought.
+pax et bonum