· We love our neighbors who need our help inside and outside of the church.
· We attempt to invite those who are “disconnected” from Jesus Christ or from a church home to join us in loving God and loving our neighbors.
We begin by realizing what only God can do, and then what we can do. Only God, the triune God, can convince people of their need for a Savior, forgive sin, give faith, bring people to repentance and conversion, and give people lasting peace and hope.
We can model Christ’s love by building relationships based on trust and caring, and helping others to meet their needs in a culture, where Christian service and friendship can make a huge difference. If our lives reflect more love and caring, then more people would be encouraged, empowered and equipped to act in neighborly ways.
It’s about WE. We will pray. We will invite. We will serve gladly. We will shine!
We will pray, in Jesus’ name, for people “disconnected” from Christ or a church home.
We will pray, in Jesus’ name, that the work of Satan in our community will not disunite more lives.
We will pray, in Jesus’ name, that God’s love will shine through us so that others see that God is good.
We will invite people to meet Jesus with us.
We will pray that the Holy Spirit will be active in all hearts -- to soften the hard-hearted and to ignite the believers to shine the love of Jesus.
We will pray that the Holy Spirit will open all eyes and ears to God’s word and the love of Christ.
We will invite people to come for worship and to serve gladly and help others.
We will pray, in Jesus’ name, to shine God’s love to make new friends and build caring relationships in our community.
We will pray that the Holy Spirit will give people confidence to “connect” with Christ in this congregation.
We will pray that the Holy Spirit will ignite the light of Jesus to shine on others in this congregation and in the community -- to serve gladly and to help others.
It’s about WE. We invite you . . .
· We invite you to an all day public PRAYER VIGIL on Tuesday, April 14. We will welcome you to Christ Lutheran’s new sanctuary -- joining others in the Valparaiso community to thank God for the faithful service of Pastor Jerry Castleman, who will retire on Mothers Day. Pastor Castleman has served as a Pastor of the Great Commission at Christ Lutheran for 32 years. Also, this is an occasion to ask almighty God to continue to look on Pastor, and his family, with grace and favor.
Karen Seykowski - Evangelism Chair, CLCValpo