Mission is not just one thing among many on the church’s plate, it is the church’s lifeblood. To paraphrase a popular campaign slogan of a few years ago, “It’s about the mission, people!” This means that we in the church need to be open to a radical new form of hospitality, which not only welcomes the stranger into our midst (not expecting them to become like us in order to be welcomed), but is willing to seek out and engage the stranger on their own home turf. Ultimately Jesus calls us to rejoice not so much in the results of being called into mission, rather celebrate the call to mission itself and the adventure on which it leads.
St. Paul’s News and Notes: Alex Collins left on July 6 on a Crosstrails Ministries sponsored mission trip to Costa Rica. A printed Prayer Itinerary is available for those who wish to pray for Alex and his team’s mission. Thrivent Financial will be presenting a Retirement and Estate Strategies Workshop at St. Paul’s on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public. St. Paul’s Quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. All are invited to pick up a copy of Introducing the Missional Church, and read it along with people throughout the Synod. Discussion questions are available. Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today.