Many Lay Servants around the state will be leading worship on October 16th, which is designated as Laity Sunday in The United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Disciples Called to Action: Living Vital Worship.”
Living our lives is an act of worship—and we are not merely passive spectators, but active participants. We worship in response to the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39), loving God and neighbor above all else. We worship as we embody God’s love by using our gifts for ministry as we follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24). We worship by enacting God’s justice through our advocacy for the rights and dignity of others (Micah 6:8). We worship as we shared God’s Good News with the world in response to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Board of Laity is receiving $14,650 in 2017 apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa. These funds help to train lay servants and others through School for Lay Ministry classes, a Laity Day with the bishop held each spring, and the Laity Session at Annual Conference.
Discipleship Ministries is an agency of the general church with offices in Nashville, Tennessee that also promotes and supports the ministry of the laity in local churches and communities as well as in specialized ministries throughout the world.