What do you and Jesus have planned for the summer?

Jesus and Summer

What do you and Jesus have planned this summer?

This week’s blog has been reprinted, with permission. This article was the Pastor’s Letter in the July issue of the congregation’s newsletter.

By Rev. Paul Schmidlin, Pastor, King of Glory Lutheran Church, Sylvania, OH

Ah, summer! I want to ask you, what do you and Jesus have planned for this summer? I hope the question doesn’t surprise you – after all, Christians regard Jesus as the Lord and Master of all things.

Please do not keep your faith as a special event to be celebrated only on Sunday.

I was recently reading thru the gospels and was struck by the many ways people responded to Jesus.

Most were observing and marveling at what He could do – like when we attend sporting events and watch. We enjoy the action and hope to witness something special. In this way, Jesus was spectacular. He healed people before their very eyes! I am sure there were a lot of dinner conversations expressing amazement; lots of speculation and tons of questions! Because of the things He was saying, some thought of Him as a threat and wanted to challenge Him; and later, eliminate Him. Still others began to look at Him as a resource to gain things – advice, healing, food… .  There was another group – they chose to always be with Him. These He invited to follow Him. To some of these, He gave special tasks (Judas got to be treasurer). To all, He coached them, taught and equipped them.

Jesus is still with us today. Which group would you consider yourself a part of? Of course, we all know the Sunday School answer: the last group. But there are times in life when we need to allow the Holy Spirit to check us and help us do an analysis of ourselves. Today is as good as any other day to do that, so let me put you on the spot. Honestly, where do you fit? Is that position and attitude where you really want to be?

A word of encouragement: Jesus picked you. He picked you to live with Him forever. Until he calls you through death’s gate, He will walk with you each day through every activity; He will “never leave you, nor forsake you.” So, what do you and Jesus have planned for this summer? The answer is important!

Do you have a mission or ministry experience you would like to share? If so, you, too, could be a guest blogger for the English District. For consideration, please send an email to Lynne Cobb, Communications Coordinator for the English District LCMS at lcobb@englishdistrict.org.

What do you and Jesus have planned for the summer? Share in the comment section.

 

Meet our Missions – Martin Luther Chapel

MLC WOF April 2016

Campus Ministry and Mission at Michigan State University – and beyond

By Rev. Curt Dwyer, Pastor, Martin Luther Chapel

Martin Luther Chapel is in mission to the students, faculty and staff at Michigan State University and to the surrounding communities in the East Lansing area. Martin Luther Chapel serves people at all ages and stages of life, with a special focus on providing college students a place to become part of a worshiping community and serve in meaningful ways during their time on Campus.

As we gather for worship and go out to serve our neighbors, we want to help students (and all people) grow in faith and develop their leadership potential so that they can be a blessing to the church, wherever God takes them in life. In addition, through the ministry of the Friendship House (International Student Ministry – Lansing Area), we are actively involved in outreach to the large population of international students and visiting scholars that come to MSU.

Here’s what one student had to say about the Campus Ministry program:

       “Last year I decided to apply for the Wednesday ON FIRE leadership position. Little did I know that this decision would be a pivotal moment in my life. I cannot see myself becoming who I am today, gaining the friendships I have, and having the experiences I’ve had, if not for being on the Wednesday ON FIRE leadership team. To say that I have been outside my comfort zone as a leader is an understatement. In addition to playing bass at Wednesday ON FIRE, I have planned a fall retreat, been on the Bible Study planning team, and led the spring break servant event trip to El Paso/Juarez, Mexico. I did not feel qualified to do any of those things. I’m reminded of something Alexa, a fellow Wednesday ON FIRE leader, said to me, “God doesn’t call the qualified. God qualifies the called.”

        That’s been my life as a leader. Through these experiences I’ve grown spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. God has made me qualified. Over the past two years, Martin Luther has become a home. In addition to Wednesday ON FIRE I’ve become involved in the greater community, which is this ministry’s greatest outreach tool. It is a definite time and place to go and worship. It is the gateway to all that Martin Luther Chapel has to offer for the student body of MSU and the surrounding community.” – Matt C., MSU student

MLC 2017 Servant event team

The support of the English District is instrumental in helping us extend our reach far beyond what would otherwise be possible. We have a worldwide mission field in the blocks surrounding our church building; with the help of the people and congregations of the English District, we will continue to actively share the love of Christ with everyone we meet, and equip them to carry the Good News with them wherever they go!

Do you have a mission or ministry experience you would like to share? If so, you, too, could be a guest blogger for the English District. For consideration, please send an email to Lynne Cobb, Communications Coordinator for the English District LCMS at lcobb@englishdistrict.org.

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