We’ve been washed by “water with the word” (Eph. 5:26), a “renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). When our pastor absolves us, both in the service and privately for comfort and consolation, we are forgiven. Each of us has the comfort of the resurrection as we face the many challenges of this life. The Church has a “Holy Spirit mission,” the very mission of Jesus. Whether as a full-time, called pastor or church worker, or as a person with one of a thousand God-pleasing vocations, we are called to speak of Jesus (Christ is risen!), to forgive sins and to ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus. The Sunday service should be a rich and fulsome delivery of forgiveness, particularly in the absolution, the sermon and the Supper. And this rich and fulsome delivery of the forgiveness of sins continues into our daily lives — between husband and wife, parent and child, friend and neighbor, coworkers, etc.
Read more from President Harrison here. We encourage you to vote to reelect President Harrison, June 22-25, 2019 in the LCMS President election.