We are an Offering is the theme we will be focusing on in worship this fall. It fits right into the life of this congregation at this point in time! There is a vibrant, wise, and creative spirit present and real at OSLC and in the communities in which we serve, play, support, and lift up. The buzz in the hallways on Wednesdays and Sundays is energetic with voices and movement of all ages. The ministries of outreach and service are continuing to connect with homelessness on several levels, food issues in our county, schools that we partner with, music with seniors and those in need of memory care, youth across our town and so much more.
We are an Offering means that who we are as individuals, families, households and who we are together matter on a deep level. We are better together in so many ways. As I write, we are an offering in action, as youth from FoCoLu are planning and preparing a prayer service for students and community members who grieve the loss of their beloved teacher–this is offering their hearts, their energy, and their prayers in a way that ministers to people in deep and tangible ways. We are an offering, as our young children will prepare care kits for the homeless on Sunday. We are an offering, as our building and campaign planners work to make our place and our outreach to this community in renovations and additions into a reality. We are an offering, as bible studies, financial commitments, small groups, and caring conversations and support are happening in each age group, on every level. We are an offering, as a congregation who has taken leadership in connecting not just to our community but directly with other ELCA congregations through our mission support, our partnerships, and our participation in the life of this Rocky Mountain Synod. We are an offering, as we engage in interfaith ministries through our service and partnerships together.
Jesus calls us into this living out the gospel as an offering–offering what we know, what we have, what we love, and how we live in this world and putting into action of bringing God’s love into all the places and people we encounter in our life together. We are an offering also means that we have a gift and that we know this gift is from God through Jesus Christ–gift of grace and mercy, gift of community, gift of each other. As we dive into what it means to live out our being as offering, we hope you will embrace the gift of community, embrace the gift of God come to live and dwell with you and embrace the gift of being better together in so many ways.
Read more in our newsletter below. Download a copy here.October November 2016