Are you new to Our Saviour’s and interested in membership, baptism, or otherwise deepening your relationship with this congregation?  Living Questions resumes in the Winter but if you are interested in learning more right now, we invite you to have lunch with the pastors and a few other members of the congregation. We will get to know each other, address questions you may have about life at OSLC, and talk about our membership process for those who are interested in or curious about membership. We will host lunch on Sundays after worship in the Hospitality Center, October 20 and November 17.  Lunch will be provided. Please let one of the pastors know if you are coming to one of the lunches so we can plan the food accordingly.

Here’s what Living Questions is: newcomers and oldcomers alike will gather to share experiences, questions, and faith with one another, building community as the body of Christ and digging deep into the central teachings of the Christian faith.   Living Questions ran through the season of Lent and culminated with new members being welcomed into the congregation at Easter Vigil.   Keep an eye for the next Living Questions upcoming in Fall of 2019 or Lent 2020.  If you have questions, please contact Pastor Martha: .

A Little Background...

In 2014, we hosted a workshop led by Paul Hoffman. Pastor Hoffman had started a process called “The Way” at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle. His ministry inspired us to launch “Living Questions”. We used his book, Faith Forming Faith, as we discerned the shape of our ministry.

In October of 2014, our first Living Questions group drew 29 newcomers. It culminated at Easter Vigil, the time of year when traditionally we invite newcomers to become members by receiving baptism or affirming their earlier baptism. Since then, we have continued to offer "Living Questions" sessions once or twice a year.

We believe that baptism – the moment when we are washed into promises of mercy and life, joined to Christ’s death and resurrection, and declared beloved child of God in community – is the source of our membership and our unity as the body of Christ.

 

Creating a Vital Congregation

We embrace three central practices from Scripture and tradition for creating a vital faith-forming congregation:

  1. The practice of hospitality. During his life, Jesus was a guest in many homes. He continues to be present as the stranger in our midst (Matthew 25:35).  We are called to welcome this stranger.  Driven by the Spirit who breaks down all boundaries and creates community, we challenge ourselves to offer Christ’s welcome to all, particularly those who are not “like us.”
  2. The practice of celebration. We celebrate the creative and redemptive activity of God in the midst of the realities of human need, struggle and pain. In celebrations like our Easter Vigil,  we anticipate, prepare, participate and reflect on these qualities, rooting ourselves in the living, transforming presence of God.
  3. The practice of living our questions and convictions. Young people, old people, questions, stories—with our conversation we honor the experience and insight, testimonies about God, laments, and thanksgivings that each person offers for our development and understanding. Together, we seek to discern how God is calling each and all of us in our lives at work, home, school, church, and beyond.  

 --Inspired by From Generation to Generation by Charles R. Foster

 

Living Questions: Welcoming Newcomers

New members are welcomed to our community.

Questions? Interested in participating? Please contact Pastor Martha Schwehn Bardwell: , 612-871-2967.

At Our Saviour’s, we welcome newcomers through a process we call “Living Questions.”

This ministry is not only for newcomers; it is a faith-forming experience for our whole congregation. Newcomers, with the fresh questions and experiences they bring to us, give us an opportunity to explore our faith, deepen our life-long commitment, and grow in our understanding of what we mean by “faith”. Most important, we make this journey together as a community.

How Living Questions works:  Each newcomer is paired with a sponsor from the congregation who has been around for a while. Sponsors journey alongside newcomers, sharing their questions and insights and listening for how God is calling them in their lives today.

These sponsor-newcomer pairs are placed in small groups led by a facilitator. In a typical session, we

  • Meet all together to share a meal.
  • Break out into small groups for conversation. We will talk about our spiritual journeys and discuss our questions about Baptism, Communion, the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and other questions about faith, church, and life.

 

 

 

 


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