Devotional for January 8, 2017

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  Friday, we celebrated Epiphany, the revelation of the Messiah to the Gentile world. It is a day both gentle and cataclysmic, showing the tenderness and the power of God’s love for us. It is a day that changed the world.

  Today, we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, another world-changing day that mixed tenderness and power.

  And this year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, an act of faith that became an act of revolution and changed the path of world history.

  So much to celebrate! So much to do!

  For all Lutherans, this is a year in which to renew ourselves as the people of the Reformation, soldiers of Christ unafraid of the vulnerability and the determination required to serve the Lord in a meaningful and impactful way.   

  For our congregation, this is a year to embrace change, to grow with our neighborhood, and to continue to improve our church and school. Only if we are dedicated to the work required, and excited about our mission, can we achieve the potential God expects of us.

   Throughout the year, the Visioning Committee and other groups within our congregation will be calling on each of you to prayerfully consider the part you can play in the future of Westchester Lutheran. Are you giving everything you can, financially and spiritually? Are you dedicated to participating in the work of the Lord in our church, school, and community? Do you have ideas, talents, and strengths to share?  

   Let us begin today to act in tenderness and in power, to pray intentionally for the future of WLCS, and to commit ourselves to this year of change. May each step of our journey, each day of this year, take us closer to God and where He yearns for us to stand.

    “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:1-2