Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
“Gathering gifts and gratitude”
Growing up in the church, things just went. I’d wake up Sunday morning, walk across the parking lot, and go to church (the benefits of living next door). People just showed up to read, sing in the choir, do all the church stuff. Then coffee hour just happened.
When I was old enough to acolyte, I did that for awhile. But it wasn’t my thing. Which, I’ll admit now, is pretty funny.
There’s part of church that just goes. Or at least, it seems to go, as if by itself. And while we all know that it doesn’t; that it requires real people; we also know that someone else always just…does it.
I spent a lot of years going to church. Until I found a church that needed everyone to participate in something. And then I realized that any church could be like that.
So much has changed in recent years. And we are being invited into a new era of practicing our faith. We cannot afford to pretend that our church is a machine and its people are cogs we can shove into it to keep it running. Nor can we only wait for handwritten invitations to serve. We are not here to preserve our institution or be passively served by it.
We’re here to love and serve as beacons of Christ to our neighbors in this neighborhood. And I’m eager to see what each of us is truly capable of.