Outreach . . .
To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through care and concern for others both inside and outside the walls of the church.
Being Church and Helping Others During the Pandemic
A few years ago our former pastor, Gary Goodson, told us about the website which offers a four-year cycle of scripture readings as an alternative to the Revised Common Lectionary. Faith used this Lectionary in our services for several years giving us the opportunity to examine passages we may never have thought about before. The website also offers daily devotions which I often find very thought-provoking. Here is the one from May 28, 2020.
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.
--- 2 Corinthians 8:12-14
“Do what you can when you can.” This is a common saying in 12-Step recovery programs in regards to giving service to one another and the fellowship as a whole. It’s about being both ambitious and realistic in what you give, just as in this passage from 2 Corinthians. Some of us simply have more resources—time, energy, money, health, etc.—than others, and God calls us to give according to what we have. Which means that those who have more available ought to give it willingly in support of those who have less. It’s such a simple, obvious concept, yet so many of us find it counterintuitive in a culture of endless accumulation. We never see ourselves as having enough, much less more than enough, so that we can give some away. Paul encourages us to be generous, therefore challenging us to look honestly at ways in which we can support the whole of our interconnected community.
Question: Where can I be more generous in what I offer to the world?
Organizations to consider supporting:
www.faithlutheranaustin.org/cdc (Faith Lutheran Church Child Development Center)
www.elca.org/LDR (Lutheran Disaster Response)
www.austincitylutherans.org/food (Bread for All Food Pantry)
www.austincitylutherans.org (Mariposa Family Learning Center)