From the Pastor’s Pen: Stewardship—sign up sheet edition

 

“Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: ourselves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.”—ELW page 107

 

Ourselves, our time, and our possessions. Oftentimes people accuse the Church of focusing on the last one, our possessions. What is much less apparent, is that the Church can get a solid grip on the other two, ourselves and our time. This makes sense, the Church is a group of people after all, and relationships grow when we are together, and together often.

 

Yet, relationships can also sour with constant contact. Take for example a relative coming to visit. Uncle Tony is a really fun and exciting person to spend a week with, but is less so when he has been in your house long enough that his toenail clippings clog the sink. Or to put another way, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

 

And this applies to our church family as well, specifically regarding serving on committees and other ministry groups.

Sometimes people have been doing the same thing for forever, and what started out as a joyous task has become a burden.

Sometimes the joy of service would return if it didn’t feel like 20% of the people were doing 80% of the work.

Sometimes people just want permission to do something new, but feel like they’ve been pigeonholed as “the Finance person” or “the VBS person.”

Sometimes people would like to try something new, but worry that if they express interest in that new thing they will be obliged to do it forever.

Sometimes, people just don’t know how to become part of a ministry of the church.

Sometimes too people don’t even know what all the ministries of the church are!

 

In short, there can be unintentional impermeable boundaries around ministries of the church—people who want to get out of a ministry don’t feel like they can, people who want to get into a ministry don’t know how to get in.

In order to create intentionally permeable boundaries, I’ve set up a whole host of sign up sheets, 22 of them all told, pinned up on the first bulletin board outside the sanctuary.

You can now read what all the ministries of the church are, who is currently in charge of them, and you can sign up to join any of them, from A to W (Acolyte to Worship and Music Committee in case you are wondering).

So I would encourage you to consider the way in which you are offering those things which God first gave you, yourself, your time, and your possessions. Is it time to take the plunge and do something new? Is it time to step back from that which you’ve always done? Is it time to encourage others to join you so you might minister with a greater joy? Is it time to find out what we do here other than on Sunday?

 

Peace,

Pastor Chris

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