I am excited to announce our 2018-2019 theme this year at Bethlehem, “Living Out the Call.” When Jesus called his first disciples, he said, “I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32. Today, as modern disciples of Jesus, we hear these same words of our Lord as he calls us to follow and live out our lives in faith, hope and love toward God and others.
As Lutheran Christians, we understand the call of Jesus to be lived out through our baptismal calling each and every day. Yes, it’s true that we are baptized only one time, but as Luther reminds us, life is a daily dying and rising with Christ through our baptism.
This is the Christian life in brief. So, to help us learn and grow more deeply in our daily discipleship, this year beginning in September, we will change the format of our monthly baptismal celebrations. Instead of celebrating your baptism by your anniversary month, we are going to be honoring a different vocation (baptismal calling) each month.
So, you choose the month(s) that best suit your particular calling(s). Here is a list of the various daily callings that we will be celebrating this coming year:
September - Educators
October - Citizens
November - Veterans
December - Children of God
January - Laborers, Business Leaders
February - Marriage
March - Parenting/Grandparenting
April - Retirement
May - Health Care Workers