The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


How will we be known

Our life together too often denies who God is and what God is doing

By their works you will know them, and Christ will be known—or not.

Christ is surely known in a letter from Hillsdale, Mich., that The Lutheran received last week. It read: "We at Trinity Lutheran Church know God calls us to serve and bear witness to God's love and to support and encourage others in that effort. Our prayer ministry group and our congregation are praying for you this month. We hope this letter reflects God's love and our intent to bond in the Spirit with your efforts to bear light in an often dark world."

We rarely receive such notes. And there's a temptation to say, "That's nice," then set it aside and go back to work. But the letter is more than "nice." It carries a central element of Christian identity that is all too rare in today's church. The letter reflects a oneness, a unity with the other parts of the body of Christ that is the essence of who God is and what God is doing in the church and in the entire cosmos.

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