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On 10, Oct 2016 | In Laity | By Mitch
Laity Sunday has been a Methodist tradition since 1929. It’s the Sunday we observe and recognize the role of laity in the life of the church. John Wesley’s reforming movement that came to be called Methodist was marked by the strength of lay leadership. That was a departure from his Anglican roots.
Laity Sunday calls the Church to celebrate the ministry of all lay Christians as their lives are empowered for ministry by the Holy Spirit. I always look forward to that celebration and I trust you will also. There is much to celebrate, for we have been empowered by God’s own Holy Spirit to express “the mind and mission of Christ” in our respective communities of Christ followers. Unfortunately, this tradition celebrating the laity is largely ignored in most churches. Use this occasion to lift up the laity and their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness in your church.
How are you celebrating Laity Sunday? Please read the notice from Net News below to find more information and resources about Laity Sunday.
From Net News:
Laity Sunday: Tips for Involving Members
United Methodists observe Laity Sunday on Oct. 16 as a day to include church members in the planning and execution of the worship service, but other days can be chosen as well. Darby Jones offers seven tips for including members in the service, and Discipleship Ministries has resources for observing Laity Sunday. Read the story at http://www.umcom.org/learn/7-ways-to-worship-from-the-grassroots. Worship resources are available at http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/laity-sunday-2016-living-vital-worship.