In our pluralistic society American Christians can easily settle into a comfortable attitude— “others have their beliefs (or none) and I have mine.” St. Paul, formerly a hard core Pharisee, dedicated his life and ministry to the outsiders. When he reminded his congregations that in Christ there was neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11), he was echoing Jesus teaching his disciples about “other sheep not of this pen” and of there being only “one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16). And Jesus was continuing the prophet’s message of “I will bring foreigners to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer” (Isaiah 56:7) and echoing King David’s song “may all the peoples praise you, O God” (Psalm 67:3).

And so it is that we commit our congregation to an inclusive ministry, to being a place of welcome for all in Christ Jesus—for those assured in the faith and those with questions, for citizen and immigrant, for those in the mainstream of society and those on the margins—for all who belong to Christ are heirs of the Father’s promise (Galatians 3:29). The Gospel message is for everyone!

Recorded August 17, 2014, 10:35 AM worship service from CLC's Worship Center. Pastor Daniel Schumm.

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