I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas-tide and a Happy New Year. We have celebrated with great joy the news of the Messiah born into this world, and now we begin the journey of finding out what it means for God to be among us. This journey, of course, leads to the cross and our salvation.
Between now and then we will hear many stories and have many examples of Christ’s love for us and the world. In just the next few weeks we will explore the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, find out if anything good can indeed come out of Nazareth, be invited to “Follow Me” and to “Come and See”, and hear about the beginning of the fandom of Jesus of Nazareth.
It is my sincere hope that you will join us in this journey to the cross, not just in church, but in the neighborhoods and communities around us as we strive to be the “hands and feet of Christ Jesus” in the world.
One of the ways we are doing this is by implementing a new outreach ministry. It is very simple, but I believe will be very helpful. It is called the PIN (People in Need) ministry. This ministry is highlighted in an article in this Messenger. I hope you will read more about it and get involved.
Another addition to our ministries is adding another service at Concordia Retirement Center. We will soon begin having services on both the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 2 pm. This service is open not only to Concordia residents, but also to everyone at St. Theodore’s. Many of the folks at Concordia have been long time members and would love to have you join us.
On February 3rd you can serve at Helping Hands Thrift Store in Bentonville. There is always a need for more people to serve. You can sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex.
These are just a few of the opportunities that you can go out into the world and share the love of Christ with others. Here at the end of our celebration of the Nativity we need to remember that incarnation begets incarnational living. We are called by the birth of Christ to be co-creators with God to bring about the Heavenly Kingdom. Caring for and showing love and mercy to one another is a great way to live incarnationally!