St. Paul's Lutheran Church

St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran Church

21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road

Hagerstown, MD 21742

301-739-5442

Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful

The Pastor's Thoughts

"Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me save that thou art. Thou my best hope by day and by night, waking of sleeping Thy presence my might."   Old Irish Hymn

"The only thing worse than being blind is having no sight and no vision." Helen Keller

A living church is a church with a vision, it is a church that has a purpose and a direction. A church without a vision is like a ship whose crew doesn't care where they go, so any port will be good enough for them. A church with a vision is like a cargo ship that knows precisely which port will be best to receive it and where the profit will be greatest.

Our theme for June and July says that a living church is a vision guided church. Most organizations have a vision for their future. Business wants to expand profits and it sees its opportunities governed by the purchasing decisions of its customers. Service clubs have a vision of a better community through the work that is done by the members of the club. Libraries have a vision of large numbers of people who read and learn through the work they do and the books on their shelves.

The vision of a local church is guided not by money or by a desire for better streets or even for better literacy and education. The vision of a local church must be one which sees before it the expansion of the Kingdom of God in the place where it has been planted using the tools God has provided.

The coach of a sports team does a poor job if he bases his game plan on something other than the skills of the players he leads. A football game plan that calls for many passing plays is a poor plan if the quarterback has an injured shoulder or the receivers are better at blocking than at catching. A church must also base it's plan to achieve its vision on the skills and gifts given to the people in that congregation.

Every Christian has been given gifts by God for the building up of His Church on earth. When they are uncovered and used correctly the local church will achieve it's vision and participate rightly in the eternal vision of Christ. What are your areas of giftedness?

Pr. Culler