There are a variety of names of churches when you gander at our Indiana-Kentucky Synod directory. I was looking through it this week and noticed that there are 17 churches in our Synod with the name Christ Lutheran Church! There is only one church named Antioch Lutheran and only one church that has the Lutheran name first: Lutheran church of the Cross! And there is only one church with the name Come2Go located in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. You can Google them by that name and get to their website. The statement right below their name is “Rock your Soul”! They meet in a warehouse and after starting several years ago now have a vibrant ministry in their part of town.
Isn’t the name “Come2Go” so appropriate? We are all called to come to worship in order to be fed in Word and Sacrament and then to go to the places God will send us. We go with that Good News to share with others; we go to tell others about Jesus and to bring the grace and love of the Lord wherever we go. This fits in well with our theme for our Council retreat around the idea of Gather, Grow and Go in Christ! G cubed….G3 as it is called!
Tomorrow in our Gospel lesson from John 1 we will see Andrew in action. He FIRST finds his brother and says, essentially, come and see! Come and see, says Andrew, we have found the Messiah and he brings his brother to Jesus. And Jesus knows him and names him. It is the same for us…we are called by name and gifted in grace to go forth and tell others to “Come and See”