By the time you read these words, the season of Advent will be over, and the calendar year of 2017. The cycle of time continues to mark off the passage of opportunities. People have the choice of
regretting those missed opportunities or they can realize that more opportunities are possible in the next season or calendar period. May God’s grace relieve you of the guilt of having missed opportunities to share the message of God’s love with others. As the months in 2018 slip on by, may you recognize and act when you do have an opportunity to share with someone the difference it makes in your living to live as a disciple of Jesus the Christ. Perfect opportunities to share rarely occur and so sharing during an ordinary opportunity is the best time in 2018.
Three Expressions of the Church
People speak of the Church as if it were a specific organization and/or location. The church is where serving the needs of people occurs. Much of that caring occurs when congregations meet for worship and for small group meetings. Yet there is also the caring for others through activities of the Synod such as the financial support of Lutheran Services of Georgia. Yet again there is caring for others through activities of the ELCA such as Lutheran Disaster Response. Three different worldly expressions of the Church.