Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mission Celebration: Theme Idea

McEachern Memorial UMC has a long tradition of mission involvement locally, nationally, and internationally. As part of their annual mission emphasis they recently did a 4 Sunday sermon and worship series with focus on "loving God" and "loving neighbor." The last Sunday was their culminating mission focus weekend which also included bringing in some of their key mission partners from around the world. This allowed for a focus from local to international in mission, a time to celebrate how God had used the church and partnerships in the last year, and the change to challenge everyone in the congregation to take another faithful step in the mission of God.

As part of that they looked at the changing dynamics in their community and how to better match all the mission and ministry of the church around the new reality. "Windows" became a theme image and were used as a focal point in worship to consider "who you see when you look out the window."

Love God and Love Neighbor is a powerful theological element of Christian and church practice that should be in your rotation of mission celebration themes.

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