Since Women of the ELCA starts its year on February 1, July is a perfect time to take stock and see how we’re doing as a community of women created in the image of God. Even in this time of COVID-19, we can use our purpose statement for our mid-year measurements. We know that we are called to discipleship in Jesus Christ and that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit (thanks be to God!).
How have we grown in faith together so far in this unusual year? What about affirming our gifts and supporting one another in our callings? And how have we engaged in ministry and action together, yet virtually?
There are as many ways to do that as there are participants–what’s been yours so far this year? And finally: How have we promoted healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world? There are so many people in the church, the society, and the world who are frightened, grieving, hurt, or angry. How have we helped bring about peace and reconciliation where these things are so sorely needed?
This message is an excerpt from a monthly devotion by Audrey Novak Riley. Read the entire message here. Today we remember Catherine Winkworth, who died in 1878; John Mason Neale, who died in 1866; hymn translators.