What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. – James 2:14-17
I Have Faith
James is reminding the people that it is not enough to just say “I have faith.” Even thought Martin Luther, originally, thought that this book should not be a part of the bible, he later came to understand the power of this statement from James. As Lutherans we understand that we are Justified by Grace through Faith, and that our salvation… our Hope… our Redemption is NOT about the things that we do, but they are about what God has already done though Jesus.
Called to Step UP and Step Out
What James reminds us is that as those who know what Jesus did for us, it is not enough for us to simply be okay with that. Once we understand the tremendous power and sacrifice of the cross, then we should have no choice but to love one another as GOD loves us. That means that we are also called to step up, and step out in that faith and offer help and hope and a hand up to all who we meet.
September 9th was our “God’s Work, our Hands” day. We packaged more than 10,000 meals for those who are in need. That is putting a good work to our faith!
God’s Work – Our Hands – Sunday September 9th
Volunteers are needed to pack 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on Sunday September 9th after our worship service.
We need 65 + volunteers to pack those meals!
Lunch will be provided – beginning at 11:30 am
Meal packing – from 12 to 2 pm
Everyone can help – if you want to help we will find a task for you. Youth are invited to volunteer too!
We also need at least six strong folks able to unload 30-50 lb bags of rice and tubs of other grains. Arrive by 8:45-9:00 am if you can help with the unloading!
You’ve all seen the Green Bin in the Narthex, right. Grace Lutheran Church members do a great job each week – filling it up with donations for North Raleigh Ministries.
I bet you’ve seen the reminders too.
Those posts in the weekly Letter of Grace that you pick up on Sundays, on our Facebook page and in the weekly Grace Happenings email.
You’ve taken them to heart and added extra items to your shopping list or maybe even pulled things out of your own cabinet to donate.
But what happens next?
Each week, the contents of the bin, miraculously arrive at North Raleigh Ministries to meet the needs of our hungry community.
This special delivery happens every week, courtesy of some special volunteers.
Grace Lutheran members volunteer in many different areas of this vital ministry in many different areas. They serve as thrift shoppe, client choice market and crisis center volunteers. Our congregation also provides leadership on the organization’s Board of Directors.
History of North Raleigh Ministries
Grace Lutheran was one of the original five North Hills area congregations to provide support of the North Hills Crisis Center (now North Raleigh Ministries) when it opened its doors in 2004. The first location was right across the street from Grace, in a 1,200 square foot house.
The other churches founding churches include St. Timothy’s Episcopal, St. Mark’s Methodist, Trinity Baptist, and Hudson Memorial Presbyterian. Each member church provided initial donations and volunteers to support the ministry, as well as one member each for the Board of Directors.
Read more about the history of North Raleigh Ministries.