The Way was the name given to the first group of Christians in ACTS who formed the church as we know it. “Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” I like that name, THE WAY, because it identifies what we are faced with on almost a daily, if not weekly, basis: Which way shall I go? We make big decisions about which school, where we will call home, whom we shall marry; and the big decisions between right and wrong.
Yogi Berra was a catcher for the NY Yankees who had a great sense of humor. He said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” What he was saying is don’t let life freeze you up. Martin Luther said, “When you sin, sin boldly, that God’s grace will abound.” Making decisions can best be done by following the heart of Christ. This means that we give ourselves permission to fail. That means moving forward decisively, knowing that we are forgivable. We also know that we can learn from our mistakes. Second chances are a part of God’s Grace.
We are doing some major discernment on our WAY. Spiritual discernment is making time and space to listen to how God is calling us. Our First Lutheran family, with the help of our council and the CALL committee, are making some major decisions. You may have heard of the discernment tool called Dwelling in the Word. This is LAY lead and scripturally based. Luke 10:1-12 is a helpful scripture passage. Some outgrowths of this process will be that we are:
+Listening to each other. (Without judgment or distraction)
+Listening to God (What is God’s will in this matter)
+Asking how this decision will benefit the whole church and not just me
Even a council meeting, call committee meeting or other support committees can be an extension of spiritual growth and development. Can Bible study and prayer be at the center? It is not just getting the job done or letting the agenda rule. This is Jesus’ church.
The activities you see us moving on are important: Stewardship and giving with time, talents and self. Our passions will be sought by three simple questions from our Council members and others. The Call committee will be working on discerning a call for a new Pastor. Prayers and focus on the Bible will lead us to the prize of a God-centered decision.
With peace and prayers,