Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

Why Vision?

As you know, at Gloria Dei we are in the midst of a Stewardship and Visioning Campaign entitled “IMAGINE”. We are visioning around the words “Call, Build, Grow”.

CALL: Called to be light to the world and to care for one another, we will be calling a new pastor to help lead the caring ministry at Gloria Dei.

BUILD: We are building up the already fine ministry at Gloria Dei. With an expanding Children, Youth, and Family ministry, we will be adding a staff person to assist in all areas of CYF, with a strong emphasis in the Middle School age. We are also expanding our Live Stream capabilities, our Social Media Presence, and our Tech Staff and Volunteer base. In addition, we are looking to grow the relationship we’ve begun with Mission Haiti. Many at Gloria Dei are sponsoring school children, and we have a vision to partner in other areas with the school and church in Haiti. All of this is tremendously exciting, but it’s hard work and it needs all of us to be involved.

GROW: Within a growing congregation set within a growing part of Sioux Falls, our vision is to continue to grow in faith and in numbers. We believe that Christ wants a relationship with all people, and so we are visioning ways in which we can continue to be faithful in reaching out to current members and to the surrounding community, welcoming all into this caring community of faith.

Back to my question in the title. Why Vision? Why are we doing all of this? Why are we working so hard at looking forward into 2021 and well beyond? Why not sit back and rest on our laurels? Why move forward when it takes so much effort?

In answering that question, let me ask you another question. Is there any institution that can take the place of Christ’s church? If it fails, if it stops moving forward, who will pick up its mission in the world?

There are countless numbers of great organizations in the world… organizations which exhibit and work hard for such worthwhile causes as helping to alleviate hunger, working for justice, raising up the poor, sheltering the homeless… and the list goes on and on. We as Christians are called to be involved with such organizations and institutions.

However, since the time Jesus walked this earth, his church has been commissioned to tell the story of God’s love. Its mission, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is to bring all people into a loving and thankful relationship with God. Its mandate is to equip all to see that they are under the lordship of the crucified and risen Jesus, with nothing else taking priority over Christ. Its role is to equip all to know the care of a loving God who then calls and equips all to take care of and to love one another. If the church doesn’t do this, it will not be done. There is no government or institution that can take its place.

All that you and I have really belongs to God. God has gifted us with everything. I challenge you to think of one good thing that hasn’t come from the hand of God. Family, friendships, love, material goods, talents, interests, work, enjoyment, the beauty of nature, your very life… everything a gift from God. We give generously because God gives so generously.

You and I are placed on this earth for a relatively brief period of time. Our purpose, above all else, is to be stewards for God, using our lives and the gifts from God, to be about the mission of Jesus. Jesus champions qualities given by the Holy Spirit. Qualities like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity, and self-control. As in every generation, so too in ours: the world needs these qualities that flow from Christ’s Holy Spirit.

So, why vision? Why look forward? Why give of our time, talent, and money to Christ’s work and mission? Because if we as the church don’t do it, it will not get done. It is a high privilege to be part of the very Kingdom of God. Thank you, Gloria Dei, for being Christ’s church right here and right now and on into the future. Jesus says to you: “You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

See you in worship, either in person or online. Livestream worship is Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Tim

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