Theme: I Choose Compassion
When action meets compassion, lives change!
Compassion is that human disposition that fuels acts of kindness and mercy. It is a form of love we feel within us when we are confronted with those who suffer or are vulnerable; compassion often produces action to alleviate the suffering. Examples of compassion happen all around us every day. Sometimes it's hard to notice them amid the craziness of the world, but we learn about compassion through these examples and through action.
God's compassion is demonstrated in his Son's ministry for his people. Jesus said, "your care for others is a measure of your greatness." The scriptures also encourage believers to make compassion an integral aspect of their lives. We need to nurture and practice by choosing compassion!
Music: Bread of Stone
Sioux City-based and ministry-centered Bread of Stone takes their name from a vision of being unfit, then transformed, to be used for God's work. Having toured with a veritable 'Who's Who' of major CCM artists, including: Newsboys, Superchick, Sanctus Real, Petra, Buildin 429, and several others. Bread of Stone has matured in their music and message and maintained their focus as an indie band solely at God's directions. The band's fifth album release "Hold the Light"deftly incorporates rock, pop, and praise. The album is the most definitive musical snapshot yet of Bread of Stone and their ministry. Off-stage, Ben and Bill Kristijanto founded "The Light Project"--their ministry in Indonesia, the country they called home for nine years, to empower those who are not afraid to carry the light of Jesus into the darkness, even when faced with persecution.
Speaker: Pastor Steph Smith
A Lutheran (ELCA) pastor for fourteen years, Steph serves as full-time pastor of Cathedral in the Night Northampton (MA). Her work is based on the conviction that faith must be grounded in justice work as we are God's hands in the world.
For more info on Cathedral in the Night, visit the site here
What does the Underground Railroad and the story of Jonah have to do with each other? You'll find out at this year's Hammo Bible study!
This year we will be collecting a monetary donation to go towards Lutheran World Relief.