It’s human nature to beat ourselves up when a church building and its ministry come to an end. But closing may be the most faithful choice the people can make when attendance is dwindling and budgets are shrinking.
Category Archives: Congregation closing
SETTING OUR HOPE ON CHRIST
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. [Ephesians 1:11-12] On a chilly evening InContinue reading “SETTING OUR HOPE ON CHRIST”
A POSTSCRIPT ON BETHLEHEM
I declare this congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, to be closed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [Service of Leave Taking; Evangelical Lutheran Worship- Occasional Services for the Assembly] I recited the above words for the first time in public on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at theContinue reading “A POSTSCRIPT ON BETHLEHEM”