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Step up as ambassadors for Christ

Built on a Rock
Pastor Nita Parker, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hills

2 Corinthians 5:17-21: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Summer is upon us, and so is the hustle of our busy life. The area community enjoyed a beautiful day of worship in Unity at Friendship Days here in Hills.
Thank you to everyone who participated and made that beautiful day happen. Thank you to Tom Goehle for his words of wisdom as the speaker that day. Thanks to Angie Johnson and Dan LaRock and others for sharing their musical skills. What a blessing it is for all!
We all have so many things to do, and hopefully we throw in some fun and relaxation too. Vacation Bible School will be coming soon, July 16 -20, and we are looking forward to sharing that time with kids as we celebrate the Heroes of our faith! We look forward to welcoming many children, and encourage adults to step up and help us support this ministry.
Our youth will be taking a fun mission trip in August to the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and joining the congregation of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church as we learn about their culture, enjoy a POW WOW with them and support the work of God in that place. We are all a new creation, ambassadors for Christ, reaching out, learning new things and sharing the message of Love of Christ in other places.
My prayer is that all will feel the presence of God in their lives as they live out their calling. As Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 20: “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
As ambassadors we need to step into our calling; yes, we relax more in the summer, but we are still called to do God’s work.
Ex. 20:6 says, “I lavish my love upon thousands of those who love me and obey my commandments.” Be one of those who God “lavishes” with his love, and then remember to share the joy, the hope, and the presence of the one who never gives up on us!
May we never give up on each other, and may we step up and help our neighbors in need wherever they may be!

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