God Is Making All Things New,
Dear Friends of CTL Lutheran Church,
‘PLANNING FOR MISSION’ is a NEW NAME for what will happen on November 13 at CTL. In the past, this has been called ‘Commitment or Pledge Sunday’. Why change the name? Because when we pledge our plans for financial giving to CTL for 2023, that is not primarily about accounting. We are taking a critical step toward preparing for what CTL will do in mission during the coming year.
OUR PRIMARY MISSION IS WORSHIP. In worship, we hear God’s Word for us, and we receive Christ our living Lord in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. From these Word and Sacrament foundations, the mission of CTL expands with ministries of teaching, outreach (in our area and in the world), and fellowship. To fulfill that mission in 2023, we do the planning. Part of that plan includes asking us to share a portion of the gifts God has entrusted to us which will enable our Lord’s mission to move forward.
“IN THE CATALOGUE OF HUMAN REGRETS, I have never heard anyone say, ‘If only I had not given so much.’” Those words were spoken by an elderly pastor who had heard many death-bed confessions. We are created in the image of God. Our image of God shows when we give of ourselves because our God gives us everything. Our God gives us everything: That is good news for us and for us to share.
BRIEF TEMPLE TALKS WILL BE GIVEN by CTL members during worship on Sundays, October 23, 30, and November 6. "Planning for Mission Sunday" will be on November 13. How fitting that November 13, will also be Youth Sunday. CTL’s mission includes raising up new disciples.
A NEW PASTOR IS COMING. The Call Committee has been encouraged by the interviews they have completed. The Holy Spirit is at work now in the process of revealing who will be CTL’s new pastor. Let’s keep praying and looking forward.
Thanks be to God for the new life and abiding faith our Lord has given for us to share,
Pastor Scott Peterson