Invited to Website
by Becky Haack
Church is invited to participate in the writing of the new church website.
In September a group of women from the La Crescent area started on a new book study called “Uninvited.” This ecumenical group of women meets every other week to study a Christian book on living the life Jesus expects of us. This study has given me time to think on the topic of being uninvited. How easy it is to feel uninvited!
Coincidentally enough a few weeks ago, Pastor also spoke on rejection from a bit of a different perspective. We, as humans, try to categorize everything we see. Pastor gave the sermon on uninspiring labels on the same week I was reading about rejection. Both the author of Uninvited, Lysa and Pastor used the same piece of scripture on the story of the Samaritan woman (John 4) who Jesus was willing to go outside of his labels and converse with a Samarian. Acceptance. Not just a conversation, but also offer her eternal life. You can watch his sermon here.
We’ve all been uninvited or experienced real rejection in our own churches. I wanted to list them all right here, but Mom (a wise, wise woman) says that’s not such a good idea. So even though I won’t list mine, we’ve all had general rejections. He was told he wasn’t doing something right. She was asked, “Where were you?”. I got “the look” the other day. We’ve probably also created some rejections that never really happened. Rejections – real or perceived – happen when we are around the imperfect people of God.
The rejections we experience can help shape who we are and what we do in our futures.
As a church we work for our shared vision of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
There are so many things we can do to invite others into our lives. Charlie’s crew is in his garage building mobility carts. He’d be one of the first to invite you to join him; Sandy might also! Peter’s movie nights.
In the past several months, we have started a new website for the church. Much like a human, a website starts out small and full of possibilities. If given nourishment and support, it can grow to become something more. Much like we train a child in who they should be, we must also train a website in what it should be. This is where you come in. Please, prayerfully consider how you might be able to be involved in the work of sharing our gifts and talents as the hands and feet of Jesus in our community and our country and our world.
Today, we are launching a new webpage on the church website, called Invited. I encourage you to check back to the page as I’m sure there will be more ways we are invited to participate in our church family. The website isn’t today, what it will be in 5 years. The church won’t be in 5 years what we are today.
We are looking for some who want to contribute to the website by writing stories of Jesus in their lives or stories of how our church is in action in the community. If the church is the people, then a church website is also made of the people.
Please, prayerfully consider what God might be asking you to share with us and others.
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