One great company of disciples

The late Speaker of the House, Thomas “Tip” O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local.” The same could be said about mission.

No matter where our mission efforts eventually focus, they must begin somewhere. When the risen Christ sent his disciples out on their mission—often referred to as the Great Commission—he told them that they would be his witnesses to all nations “beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). When we enter into God’s mission, we are sent to bring the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Naturally, we also have to start somewhere.

This Sunday, we celebrate our local partners in God’s mission. Specifically, we celebrate the ways that Christ the King accompanies different ministries in ethnic-specific congregations in the Latino, Asian, and African-American communities; training multicultural Christian leaders through Agora at Luther Seminary; and helping people find meaningful work through Daily Work, which has one of its offices at Christ the King. Our worship this week will continue to build on the Epiphany message, as we experience Jesus being revealed throughout the world, particularly in the context of the diversity of our local community.

LullMedia_1-72dpiOur guest preacher this Sunday will be Bishop Patricia Lull of the Saint Paul Area Synod. Elected at the 2014 synod assembly, Bishop Lull is the pastoral leader to over 120 congregations, plus other special ministries throughout the St. Paul area. She has served as a parish pastor, in campus ministry, as Dean of Students at Luther Seminary, and most recently as Executive Director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches.

In addition, we welcome to our worship the Hmong Youth Band from Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, St Paul; Joe Davis, poet-in-residence at Redeemer Lutheran in north Minneapolis and artist Richmond Seju, member of Christ the King, who will be displaying his award winning art in the narthex.

As we prepare for Local Mission Sunday, I offer this prayer for the mission of the Church:
Draw your church together, O God, into one great company of disciples, together following our Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving in Christ’s mission to the world, and together witnessing to your love wherever you will send us; we pray in the name of Jesus, who accompanies us forever, even to the end of the age. 

Pastor Peter

Originally published on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in CtK's weekly e-newsletter, What's Happening. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter