When you hear the word mission, what you do you think of?
Our mission can be most tangible in the ways that we live together as community and the activities to which we give our time and treasure. With this understanding, everything from worship, to small group gatherings, to serving at the local food bank have the potential to be mission-focused.
In Luke 4:14-30, we find Jesus' journey back to his hometown and his reading from Isaiah in the synagogue.
How might this text helps us understand what Jesus believed his mission to be? What did he feel called to do? Why did the people of his hometown reject his mission? What might this tell us about the challenges of participating in God's mission in our community and in our world?
Mission "is not what we do but what we are." Mission is the proclamation of the Church to the world about our deepest values, the most important parts of our identity, and who we are at our core. It's our witness -- what we profess to be to the world.
How would you sum up your mission in a word or phrase? What would you declare your witness to be? Take a moment to write a word or phrase expressing what you find is your mission and calling.
Prayer for Today
Thank you for calling us to be a part of your mission for our community. Guide us to continue to share your Good News through our words and actions. Open our eyes to the ways we can serve you. In Christ's Name, Amen.