May 2017

When a person is determined to do something big, we often describe them as “being on a mission.”  When Terry Pegula first bought the Buffalo Sabres he announced that the mission of the team – in fact, the sole reason for their existence – was to win the Stanley Cup.  Despite the fact that we’ve never even made the playoffs in his tenure, we still appreciate the drive that he has to achieve the ultimate hockey prize.  We feel justified to dream big, because he has promised to pursue this goal with all his resources.

Shortly before the day of His ascension into heaven, Jesus gave His disciples a mission.  In His Great Commission they were to make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them to observe everything that Jesus had commanded them.  The Book of Acts is the chronicle of that mission being carried out “…in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Over the next twenty centuries the Christian Church has reached every part of the earth.  Persecution hasn’t diminished it.  Diverse cultures and languages haven’t stopped the spread of its Good News for mankind – that God has loved us with an everlasting love that brought Jesus into our world to redeem us from sin and death!

Trinity Lutheran is a congregation of Jesus’ disciples, so His Great Commission is ours as well.  And, just as the Sabres are fully committed to their mission of winning the Stanley Cup, we are to be fully committed to making disciples of all nations.

At Trinity we have a constitution that directs and governs our life as a corporation of Christian disciples.  Does it reflect our mission properly?  Are we as focused on the making of new disciples as we should be?  These are questions that we’ll be asking ourselves as we form a group to test the usefulness of our current constitution.  We’d like to think our own marching orders are “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus, going on before.”

Jesus has called us from out of the darkness of sin to be His light in this world.  He has reminded us that we are the salt of the earth, but He has cautioned us that once salt has lost its taste it is of no use except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 

Please pray that our whole congregation becomes dedicated to being the people we’re called to be.  Whether this process results in a new constitution, or an amended constitution, or merely a refocus on our current constitution, we will benefit from the exercise of reflecting on our mission. 

And, we pray, we’ll learn from the Sabres that stating a mission is easy, but following a mission statement requires all hearts and minds to be in accord.  In accord with God’s will and with the gifts of His Holy Spirit we can walk together as one people.

Please remember that we mark the ascension of Jesus with a worship service on Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 PM.  All disciples are urged to come and be strengthened as we take part in His Word and Sacrament.

In Christ, our Lord and Savior,

Pastor Bauch