All congregations and leaders are invited to be a part of the 2023 Synod Assembly! The Synod Assembly is a time to celebrate and give thanks for our partnership in Christ’s mission. The assembly will include meaningful worship, fellowship and opportunities for learning and spiritual growth as well as decision-making on how we will use our resources and gifts to be partners in God’s work in the world.
- Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
- Time: 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration open at 8:15 a.m.)
- Location: Evangelical Lutheran Church – Mt. Horeb, WI
“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals, yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5
Our theme in the synod for this past year has been “Building/Rebuilding.”
As we slowly emerge from the worst of the pandemic, many congregations, organizations, and ministries are finding that much has changed. We are discovering that we need to rebuild beloved community that was scattered when were kept apart. We are working to rebuild ministries that paused or faltered during the pandemic.
We wonder what the uncertain future holds for our communities, our lives, even our world. We are in a strange space of needing to forge ahead, to build anew, knowing that what has always worked before is likely no longer going to continue to produce the good fruit it once did…yet also not yet knowing what will take its place.
The theme of “Building, Rebuilding” is intended to remind us that we do this work, as we have always done, firmly planted on the solid rock that is Christ. It is ultimately God who builds and rebuilds the Church through the breath and power of the Holy Spirit. We have always needed to feel grounded in our faith in Christ to do this work. Yet perhaps now more than ever the shifting sands of the world around us give us all the more reason to remember we do this building and rebuilding work on Christ, our rock. We are Church, we are Church together, and on Christ the solid rock we stand, we build, we rebuild.
So then, dear siblings in Christ, let us “assemble the assembly” and let us, as our theme verse reminds us, “be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.”