The ministry we all hold in our hearts as Christians is to show God's love to others, at all times and in all ways. As part of a Christian community, we are committed to showing that love to members of our parish, as well as, of course, to go beyond the boundaries of our church's wall to express that love to the world.
So much of this love can be shown by a warm smile, a telephone call when you haven't seen someone in church for a few weeks, a meal brought to a grieving member or someone injured, or a handwritten note that arrives just at the right time.
There is also value in setting some structure in place, which provides for training and formation, so we can be prepared for the ministry God calls us into. I always want people to feel called to a ministry that they engage with and also prepared and supported, so their experience can be a holy one, and one which feeds and supports both the person offering and receiving the care. This is holy work that I invite you into because I believe you and the congregation will grove in Spirit as you provide much needed support for those in our parish walking through some difficult times.
Please come tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center for a conversation led by Mother Pat and Jean Shepherd about the many ways your gifts could be called forth and used in the pastoral care of others. If you are unable to attend but are interested in learning more about becoming a healing minister (Sunday morning and beyond), prayer partner, Eucharistic Minister (chalice bearer), Eucharistic Visitor (taking communion to others), or Stephen Minister (longer-term committed one-to-one committed relationship), please see me, Mother Pat, or Jean Shepherd.
In Christ's love,