August 2, 2018
Last week I wrote about how it takes a village to welcome guests such as our German friends. This week I invite you to reflect with me on the many hands and gifts it takes for the church to function.
In the past week, we’ve had members of our church come in and move new chairs and remove the plastic from those chairs. On Sunday, we’ll arrive in the new community room and see these beautiful chairs and many of us may not recall that Kathy and Bill Gourlie and Kevin Coyle took all the packing materials off of them. Or that our youth and German youth moved our dishes, pots and pans and other items into the new kitchen. Or that Kelly Hueting and Joe Adkins, with the help of our youth and German youth, cleaned out a room in Trinity Chapel where we were storing items during construction. Or that the Worship Committee met this week as well as a group to plan our October 7
Many hands can make light work.
This week we also saw the installation of the donor wall in the foyer of the new building. Here we celebrate the monetary gifts that have made the building project possible. On the wall, we recognize the names of those who have included the church in their estate plans.
Our treasure, this financial support is also necessary for the mission of the church.
Then there is a group of people who also met this week – Faithful Friends. This group visits our older members and sends card after card to people to let them know their church remembers them.
The ministry of presence is needed for the church to function.
I was also reminded that we have members who, while unable to attend worship on Sunday mornings, pray for the church. They pray for our future. They pray for our children and youth. They pray for the church staff.
The church also needs people who pray, surrounding the community with hope and peace.
One of the readings for this Sunday is from Ephesians 4 where we read, “…We must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.”
Every one of us is needed and every gift we share is knit together for the building up of the body of Christ, the community, the church.