Please join us for our services:
8:00 a.m. Traditional
10:30 a.m. Blended Service
All ages are invited to join us for a fun,
faith and friendship-building time.
“Stewards of the Mysteries”
“Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they should be found trustworthy.”
1 Corinthians 4:1-2
One of the more meaningful images of who we are as the Church of Christ is that of being “stewards of the mysteries.” That is, those who follow Christ and center their life and purpose around Him have the privilege and responsibility to be caretakers and sharers (stewards) of the precious truths (“mysteries”) of God. These realities are often hidden or obscure to a lot of people outside the Church because they do not have the eyes of and commitment to faith that we do. And so we have the unique role to reveal them to the world in our proclamation and in our daily lives.
One of the most profound and joyful truths that is part of “God’s mysteries” is that Life- both earthly and eternal – is pure Gift. Ultimately, (and that’s an important word here), nothing we have or enjoy comes to us because we deserve or earn it. How we live our lives in response to that Gift is what true stewardship is all about. Or, as Milo Kauffman put it, “Stewardship is receiving and sharing.”
This fall’s Sunday sermons and adult education classes, starting September 1st and ending on November 24th, are going to be focused on our communal and individual roles of being “Stewards of the Mysteries” and what we’re called to do with the gifts God has given us. We’ll explore and reflect upon how all of creation is God’s gift to us and how we are called to respond to that blessing with celebration and care, how each of us is endowed with gifts- both natural and spiritual- that are meant to be identified and used for the building up of the Church in the world, and how the tangible things we have are meant to be part of the total gift we offer back to God in thanks and praise for all of God’s loving generosity. A list of theme and focus verses is listed at the end of this article.
Each Sunday’s sermon theme will be explored in a deeper way during Adult and high school youth classes that Sunday or during the following week. Opportunities each week to participate include: Sunday 9:30 am in the fellowship hall (starting September 8th), Wednesday 9 am in the Music Room (starting September 11th) and for those who sign up, Tuesday at 7 pm also in the fellowship hall. The themes and concepts in this series are so important that I’m wanting to provide a way for as many people to hear and discuss them as possible and if, as often happens, someone has to miss a class they will have two other opportunities to catch up.
I acknowledge that many here at SELC have already learned about at least some of these concepts. However, it is my hope and prayer that focusing on them in a more intensive and consecutive way will drive home and help us live more fully into this grand vision of who, what, and how we are called to be the Church of Christ working for the healing of the world.
Your fellow servant in Christ,
Pastor Mark Perry
Nursery Care Available at the 10:30 service
Holy Communion served at both services
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Sierra Vista, AZ 85635