This past week I had the privilege of studying on the campus of Concordia University – Wisconsin in Mequon. I am thrilled to witness for what the Holy Spirit has at work. The first few days as I started this program in Lay Ministry have been filled with the essence of what servanthood means and its foundations in scripture. We all have a responsibility to recognize our freedom in Christ to serve. In the lessons for this Sunday (June 30) we read this from Galations 5 that the burden of sin has been lifted from us in order that we can live freely in Christ who has saved us. What, then, shall we do?
In Exodus 17 we read about the Israelites’ battle with the Amalekites. During that battle, Moses held up his staff and as long as his hands were raised, Joshua, fighting on the field below with his army would be winning, and if he let his hands down, the Amalekites would be winning. In order to ensure victory, Aaron and Hur set Moses to sit on a rock and literally held up Moses’ hands for him for the duration of the battle.
It is this story that serves as the foundation of Lay Ministry as a servant to the Church in support of the pastor (physically, if necessary, I guess). When my studies are complete in December of 2015 I will be rostered with the LCMS as a Commissioned Lay Minister, equipped, ready, and available to do whatever it is that the Church needs and ready to accept a call from a congregation that has a need. What a gift it is to be a part of the Church and to demonstrate, grow in, and proclaim His Good News.
For the remainder of the week, we learned more about the theology that serves as the basis of our LCMS doctrine as well as explored our gifts, talents, passions, and personality types in order to determine our fit going forward. My time on campus was brief, just Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. But it set the path for a great journey that I am thankful to take with all of you beside and behind me.