A congregation’s anniversary is the celebration of the blessing of the Spirit who “calls, gathers, and enlightens” the church.  We give thanks for the men & women who heard God’s calling and built this house of God here. Each week, we gather here to worship, learn and grow in our faith. From here, we launch our ministries into the community, where all may learn of God’s grace and love. We are blessed to continue a ministry of witness and service in the name of Christ. And this coming Sunday, we are blessed to celebrate the ministry of our church, recognize the many talents and treasures members bring to this calling and give God thanks.

St. Paul, in the reading for last Sunday, proclaims to the Corinthians: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” 1 Corinthians 12: 12, 27. We are first and foremost a grateful people; we’re entrusted to be God’s presence in our community, Christ’s body in the world.  It’s an awesome trust, and our joy has been made all the more complete by the success that we have been blessed with in our ministries of worship, education, outreach, and mission growth.

In our worship service last Sunday, January 27th, we took time to lift up the ministries of worship, education, service, evangelism and leadership and gave thanks for the many members and many ways those ministries are equipped and employed.

At Concordia, our ministries are only possible because of the generous offerings of time and talent people bring to choir, worship leadership, decor, mission team outreach, welcoming ministry, health and wellness, teaching, youth mentoring and adult studies, senior lift drivers and outreach events for our mission expansion, facility and fellowship activities and leadership roles with the Council and Concordia Place Board of Directors.