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This congregation, relying on the Holy Spirit, shall proclaim the Gospel by word and deed and thereby invite all people to repent and believe. The congregation shall recruit, motivate, equip and support its members to witness to their faith at every opportunity in daily life so that the Lord is glorified, the fellowship is strengthened, the lapsed are restored and new members are added to the congregation. It shall provide for the communication of the Gospel through fellowship in the wider Christian community. It shall assure that all congregational functions witness to the faith of the church.
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Lenten Fast from Violence


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The ELCIC has joined with other denominations and organizations in the Decade to Overcome Violence,
2001-2010.

The World Council of Churches invites Christians to join a Lenten Fast from Violence.

During Lent, many Christians undertake three spiritual disciplines: Fasting, Prayer, and Charitable Giving. You are invited to enter into this special season with a focus on the growing violence in our world and the need for peace and reconciliation.

Fast from violence. Choose a fast that has meaning for you and your community. Abstain from ways in which we consume and support violence.

Pray the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi daily during Lent. This prayer offers the possibility for all people to open themselves to becoming instruments of peace.

Give to efforts that address the causes and consequences of violence and that support peace and reconciliation. Consider volunteering to help with peace projects in your church and community.


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