The beginning of a new year prompts us to make resolutions, but I invite you to think about expectations. Whether spoken or unspoken, whether for individuals or for church bodies, expectations have power.
A pastor in Florida told me that he has a framed statement in his office that reads: "Unspoken expectations are resentments in waiting."
If God were to ask us as the ELCA, "What can I expect from you in the next three years?" we might say:
God, you can expect that your living word will continue to be at the center of our lives: the word of God made flesh in Jesus the Christ, the word proclaimed as law and gospel, the word recorded in the Scriptures. We are a Book of Faith church.
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