For the dismissal at the end of our worship services, we hear the words, “Go in peace. Share God’s love.” And the congregation’s response is, “Thanks be to God.”
It is a reminder for us as we are sent out into the world, that the world desperately needs to experience the love of God. Sharing God’s love is a response to the extravagant grace of God that we experience. Every week in worship when we receive Holy Communion, we receive what we are—the body of Christ. Jesus’ real presence comes to us in simple grapes and wheat.
Each person has a different way of sharing God’s love for the world. It can be as simple as a smile or holding open the door for someone. It can be something more involved, such as sharing a meal. There are so many ways to share the grace and love of God that we have experienced with those around us.
When we share God’s love it isn’t to prove to God that we love God or a way for us to earn our way into heaven. As Martin Luther stated, “God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.”
If you have been around Holy Trinity for any length of time, you have probably heard the phrase God’s work. Our hands. Every year about this time we reach out to the world around us and share God’s love in tangible ways. There are many ways you can get involved; from making and delivering pies, to writing cards to our homebound members, to picking up some gift items from five different mission partners.
If you want more information about God’s work. Our hands, follow the link here or check out the Red Wall.
Doing God’s work with our hands is more than simple acts of kindness. Rather, in some small way, it’s a sign of Christ’s real presence in the world.
Pastor for Care and Community