“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday 2019


“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) — one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor. This is our way of life.

The date for 2019 is Sunday, Sept. 8. Mark your congregation’s calendar today! If your congregation cannot participate on Sept. 8, please consider another time that works best.

Whether your congregation lends their hands to stock shelves at the local food pantry, clean community parks and gardens, write thank-you notes to military members and emergency responders or work on advocacy-related projects, your service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: All of life in Jesus Christ — every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life — flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

Since 2013, thousands of ELCA congregations have participated in this dedicated day of service, gathering to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. The event has quickly become an anticipated way to be “church together” and “church for the sake of the world.”

Whether it’s 30,000 young people doing community volunteer work at the ELCA Youth Gathering, the passionate volunteers of the ELCA homeless ministry network or the devoted members of our congregations who fight for peace and justice in their communities every day, we are a church that boldly does God’s work of restoring and reconciling our communities. This is work you do every day — showing love to your neighbors and helping make your community a better place.

Although the designated day of service is targeted for a Sunday in September, many congregations participate in designated service work several times a year — some even monthly.