WITNESS: Derived from the Greek word martyria, referring to “eyewitness testimony: to the Gospel of Jesus.
LIFE TOGETHER: Derived from the Greek word koinonia, “community in union.”
MERCY: Derived from the Greek word diaconia, “service,” which in our Christian context reflects the life of Jesus: laying down His life for ours, feeding the poor, healing the sick, and caring for orphans and widows.
We are God’s family on mission making disciples of Jesus
who make disciples of Jesus …
Expressing the Life of Jesus
in Witness, Mercy, and Life Together
in our families, neighborhoods and networks.
The phrases – Witness, Mercy, Life Together – illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregations, communities and throughout the world. And in all we do, Christ is at the center, leading us, sustaining us, keeping us focused on our mission. This will never change. The Witness, Mercy, Life Together logo expresses the emphasis for the church. Each of the emphasis areas is represented visually. Witness is characterized by a flame, a symbol of the Holy Spirit, whose light guides the world to Christ. Mercy is portrayed as a heart, calling God’s people to care for those who are suffering, heeding Christ’s call that “As you do for these My brothers, you have also done for Me.” Life Together, depicted in a chalice and grapevine, reminds the church that, on account of Christ, they are in full communion with one another and with the saints who have died in Christ. At the center of the logo is the cross of the crucified Christ, who ultimately forms our Witness, guides our Mercy work, and creates our Life Together.
Witness:(Derived from the Greek word martyria, which referred to “eyewitness testimony”)
- God give His witness to our hearts (c.f. something that looks like a dove or a flame coming down onto a heart reminding of us that by the power of the Holy Spirit, God give us forgiveness, life and salvation in His Son Jesus Christ, whose cross is at the center of everything).
- God’s witness to us is His love for us in Christ (c.f. what looks like a drop of water and blood, reminding us that the blood Jesus washes our hearts in His Righteousness in Holy Baptism).
- God’s witness to us results in our reflecting His witness to others (c.f. what looks like bright rays of sunlight radiating form the heart that has received God’s witness — we then same-say what God has said to us by His Word).
Life Together:(Derived from the Greek word koinonia, translated “communion, fellowship: i.e., community in union.”)
- 1 John 1:3b “… indeed our fellowship (koinonia) is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (c.f. the cross of Christ restores our fellowship with the Trinity and gives us eternal Life Together with all of His saints).
- 1 Corinthians 10:16a “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation (koinonia) in the blood of Christ?” (c.f. The chalice represents the Lord’s Supper, which mysteriously incorporates us into the Body of Jesus, the green signified the growth of new life in the Body of Jesus, and the grapes growing on the vine signify the good works that come from participation in the Body of Jesus.
- 1 Corinthians 11:26 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (f.c. the brighter shade of green reminding us that our gathering around Christ’s Word and Sacraments expresses a witness to the Light of the Gospel).
Mercy:(Derived from the Greek word meaning “service,” which in our Christian context reflects the life of Jesus: laying down His life for ours, feeding the poor, healing the sick, caring for orphans and widows.)
- Luke 5:13 “Reaching out His hand, He touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean,’ and immediately the disease left him.” (c.f. The cross upon the heart reminds us that we have been set apart for the mission of mercy.)
- Matthew 4:16 “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.” (c.f. The beams pouring upon the heart remind us that the great light of Christ has been cast upon our hearts.)
- 2 Corinthians 5:18b “Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ …” (c.f. The larger outline of the heart reminds us that botht he cross and the beams of light reveal the Father’s heart.)