I love parties. I especially love parties for Jesus. The two best days to invite people to church is Christmas and Easter. Why? Because both of those days transcend us. It’s an experience. It’s a celebration. Christmas and Easter are still culturally acceptable. I have friends and family who only attend on those holidays.
When we think about inviting someone to church, we’re afraid they might take it wrong – “I think you need Jesus!” The truth is, the number one reason a person starts going to a church is because they were invited. The reason a person continues to attend church is connection - connection with God-Jesus-Spirit, connection with others, and a Connection with purpose.
And there is no better time than today. As was announced last week, “There is an epidemic of loneliness and isolation, an underappreciated public health crisis that has harmed individual and societal health. Our relationships are a source of healing and well-being hiding in plain sight – one that can help us live healthier, more fulfilled, and more productive lives,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. You can read more here: Impact of loneliness and isolation.
Our mission is that we are welcoming and growing community of faith, busy making Christ known to the world. To be welcoming is to offer invitation. To be growing is to step outside of your comfort zone to offer an invitation. To be community requires connection. To be faithful is to remember that Jesus called us to be his witnesses – as those before us at St. Luke’s were, otherwise we would not have the privilege to be celebrating 100 years. And may the generations that follow have the privilege to celebrate another 100 years.
Our 100th Anniversary is not only about celebrating the past, it’s about sharing the present, and an invitation into the future, so that all might come to know and embrace the acceptance, forgiveness, love and salvation of Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday and today and for ever. (Hebrews 13:*).
To make this easier than ever we created a Facebook Event. Click on here for the link and share it with others.
So I ask again, “Who will you invite?”