Today, on this Third Sunday after Epiphany, we had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Chris Ode of the Living Stones Prison Congregation from the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. Pastor Chris shared with us the fascinating story of his calling to this ministry just last summer.
Pastor Eric and members of our congregation here at St. Mark Lutheran have been supportive partners with Living Stones. Pastor Eric served on their Board and has preached several times at the services inside the walls of Washington Corrections Center. We also act as the “fiscal agent” for the Living Stones Congregation. St. Mark members have traveled to the prison to join the inmates in worship services and we continue to hold the men of the Living Stones Prison Congregation in prayer.
In today’s gospel (Luke 4:14-21), when Jesus finished reading from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue, he said “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Pastor Chris explained that what hearing looks like in this context is not passive listening, but rather actively doing the work God needs us to do; to help the rejected, the imprisoned, the poor and the oppressed. This also includes helping others identify their gifts and talents, to go forth and use them for the Glory of God.
On February 23, 2019, St. Mark Lutheran is scheduled to again worship with the men of the Living Stones Congregation at Washington Corrections Center. You are invited to participate in this important ministry…and become an example of putting the Spirit of the Lord to work with and among God’s people.
Click the link below to listen to the Children’s Message, the Gospel and Pastor Chris’ sermon.