Last night the gathering of pastors, lay people, and auxilary positions came together at Christ Memorial Lutheran in South St. Louis.
In opening worship, Rev. Jeff Cloeter pointed us all back to our main emphasis these next few days: receiving God's gifts and encouragment to keep in the mission.
As part of our confession time, we highlighted that one of the major sins we commit as church workers as we gather is "preaching and perching." We will bring up how great we are doing, covet other people in their ministries, and little encouragement is given.
Our hope is that we will dig deep into our understanding of what it means to be Lutheran in our current day. Keeping our doctrine and practice consistent and never sacrificing Law and Gospel. Should be interesting, since most of the time I am among pastors to discuss these things. I look forward to being engaged with other groups. More to come.