Message from our Minister
I recently read an article where a pastor told about a woman who fainted in church one Sunday while he was preaching. She fell over and struck her head on the end of the pew. Immediately, an EMT in the congregation called an ambulance. As they strapped the elderly woman to a stretcher and got ready to head out the door, she motioned for her daughter to come near. The daughter leaned close to hear what her mother had to say. Her mother whispered to her: “My offering is in my purse.” Now there’s a woman who came to church with a heartfelt desire to GIVE to the Lord.
I am writing this blurb the week after our Easter celebration. Easter like Christmas is one of the Sundays during the year when most people attend church. That’s true for our congregation, we see folks on these two days that we rarely see during the year. Don’t get me wrong I am grateful that we have a nice bump in attendance, and it’s good to see folks you haven’t seen for a while. We all approach faith in different ways and I know that some of those who now attend just two Sundays during the year will somewhere along the way start to attend on a more regular basis.
Earlier this year our choir sang a special arrangement of the music from the praise songs “Here I Am Lord.” It was a beautiful arrangement and during the song three or four of our young girls sang one of the courses. It was an ethereal moment during our worship their voices sounded angelic. That moment hit a cord with the members of our Stewardship Committee and as a result, they want to have as our theme for this year’s Stewardship focus as “Here I Am Lord.” Like the woman who fainted, and was more concerned about her offering than getting to the hospital after she had fallen and bumped her head, we each need to ask ourselves, what am I most concerned about in my church attendance? Is it what I get from it, i.e. a consumer mentality? Or is it what I can add to it, i.e. a servant mentality? As we follow in the footsteps of our risen Savior who it is said that he didn’t come to be served but to serve. May we this year find the joy in responding, “Here I Am Lord.” In the attitude of service.