We have arrived safe and sound for the 14th Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). Those attending are Bruce and Lori Dalfonso, drugstore Pastor Tim and Pastor Mark. There are over 1000 participants this year. The theme is Reason for Hope. As it says in 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
After registering, supper, and a powerful worshp experience, we bumped into an old friend,
Pastor Bill Sullivan and his wife, Marsha. A true servant of God who graciously walked with us through our transition into LCMC. He is now serving Living Waters Lutheran Church in Sterling, IL. They have built their own building and have recently called an Associate Pastor. It was so good to see them and visit with them.
We ttruly are living in a post-denominational church. The way we did church is no longer working. A phrase that is often said is that LCMC is that we are a first century church in the twentyfirst century. However, we have the teachings of the Reformation to lead us through a new reformation.
What is the reason for your HOPE? How would you describe your hope to an unbeliever or to someone who is struggling or suffering in life? As I reflect back 4-5 years ago I must admit that Pastor Sullivan and the LCMC community had been my HOPE in Christ made flesh. The first LCMC Gathering that I attended gave me HOPE. We, Vicki and I, came very battered and beaten down by our previous church body, but we were immediately cared for. One person after another prayed over us and listened to us. And then encouraged us. Five years later, we are in a good place, with the HOPE to be what God has created us to be.
We have to figure this out and then do it.
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