Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

God's work. Our hands.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday

All Day Event

We join together as four million members, nearly 10,000 congregations, 65 synods and the churchwide expression for a dedicated day of service.


"God’s work. Our hands." Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, September 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.


Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that 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.



Get started

Our Churchwide Organization has provided a number of resources to help congregations plan for the day:

  • Download a toolkit that helps with the organization and planning for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday. 
  • Use prayers of intercession and a sending rite from this worship resource
  • Guide small group discussion and individual reflection on service learning through this resource.
  • Get excited by showing this short video (includes footage from Abiding Presence, Ft. Salonga, NY)

Invite others

There are multiple customizable communication tools available: 

Plus, you can download the "God's Work. Our Hands." graphics to make your own items here


Be visible in your community!

Show people where you're from! You can order "God's Work. Our Hands." tshirts or sweatshirts that are customizable with your congregation's name. They are available here in English, Spanish, and Arabic. 

New for 2017, you can also order hats


Share with us

Register your congregation here.


After the event, you're encouraged to send photos, videos, or reflections to Rebekah Thornhill so that we can share them among others in our synod.


Find more at elca.org/dayofservice.  


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