We are in Year A of the church years. Really? What’s that you say? We have three church liturgical years that we follow. Year A is the year we read primarily from the Gospel of Matthew. Year B we read primarily from the Gospel of Mark. Year C we read primarily from the Gospel of Luke.
In Year A, we will progress through Matthew more so than we would read from Mark in Year B. Why? Because Mark does not have the birth story, the three magi, or going to Egypt to avoid Herod.
Mark starts at the Epiphany of our Lord – at Jesus’ baptism. That is where Jesus is identified by God as God’s son. Reading through Matthew is interesting and inspiring as we see Mary, Joseph, and many others knit into the identity of Jesus.
We become one with Jesus and we become a voice of God as we share in our identity with Jesus. We will read from the Gospel of John one time during the Season of Epiphany. The reason for this reading from John, rather than Matthew, is to illustrate how many others (who “had an Epiphany” of who this Jesus was) continued to share their story and introduce them to Jesus and how they were the catalyst that created many relationships with our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ!
On January 19, Rev. Karl Biermann, the assistant to the Bishop, will visit us and preach. Rev. Biermann will work with the Council and the Call Committee in the transition this year.
In April, Bishop Abraham Allende will meet with our Council to give instructions for the call process. Meanwhile, the Council has been working on updating our Ministry Profile. A Ministry Profile tells who we are, who our community is and their needs, and our plan to minister to the community and our members. It will be very important for us, as an entire congregation, to develop and OWN that plan. We must come together and immerse ourselves in this endeavor, just like those we will read about in the Scriptures this month.
It is my prayer that you select a Call Committee before Bishop Allende visits so that those members can ask questions. It is my prayer that the entire congregation have a strong image of what our ministry strategy is and immerse ourselves in that ministry.
The Call Committee must have seven members. Only two of those members can be from the Council. We need men and women, young and old. Please prayerfully consider saying yes to this call. Better yet, tell the Council you would like to be included in the Call Committee.
Annual Congregation Meeting…The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 11:45 am in the Worship Space – mark your calendar! At this meeting, reports will be received from Standing Committees, Congregation Council Members will be elected, and the 2020 Budget will be approved. Also at this meeting, we will vote on changes to the Constitution/By-Laws. Your Annual Report will be on the table in the hall the week prior to the meeting; be sure to stop and pick it up.
Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board. Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact. We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church. If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.