Hampton Lutheran’s theme for the 2019–2020 school year is Joy:Fully Following Jesus.
This theme is based off the LCMS’s national theme for the school year, Joy:Fully Lutheran. Hampton Lutheran is indeed a joyfully Lutheran school, but we wanted to highlight that we are first and foremost joyfully following Jesus. We teach Law and Gospel and salvation by God’s grace through Jesus’ death and resurrection. These are universal truths for all of us.
One of the main tenets of the Lutheran faith is the joint idea of justification and sanctification. We know that we are justified freely by God’s grace through the blood of Jesus. He saves us so that we can be with Him in heaven someday. Because of this, we live a sanctified life in response of His gift. That’s where our Bible verse for the school year comes in:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:16–18
Jesus died for us, so we live lives of joy, praying and giving thanks to God no matter what the circumstances of our lives.
And in this way, the theme Joy:Fully Following Jesus is a continuation from last school year’s theme, Real Present God. Last year, we talked about how God is real and present in our lives every day. This theme continues with HLS students and staff understanding that they are on a journey every day, and God is with them. It’s not a sometimes thing—it’s the way we live our whole life, every day, every step on the way.
At HLS, our mission is to equip children both spiritually and academically, promoting faith, trust, and growth in their relationship with the one true God.
How do we plant and water the seeds of faith and trust? We rejoice always, we pray, we give thanks, we equip, we sing, we model Christ, we teach, we learn, we trust, and we grow. Our faith is active and alive every day as we joyfully follow Jesus.
And did you notice the colon in the middle of Joy:Fully? Here’s what it means: We find our joy in Jesus and respond JOYFULLY to Him. We are also FULLY a follower of Jesus. That double use of the word FULLY creates a great visual image for us to keep in mind throughout the 2019–2020 school year.