What does it mean to be a “Church Council Member”? To serve on the Council is not just an honor, but a “high calling” from God. A calling which requires much time, devotion, and love. The Holy Scriptures admonish us, such a person should be “of honest report, full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, a person is truly “called” to this high office.
Council members must be active in the congregation, committed to the mission of the church, and willing to put service above self. Personal preference must be put aside in order to represent the entire body of Christ. It means much more than just attending a monthly meeting to make important decisions. Hours are spent in a specialized area of ministry planning, organizing, implementing, and praying for the harvest.
During the month of November we will receive nominations and elect four persons to serve a three year term. Please pray for all of our church leaders, and especially for the decisions we will make during these important days in November.
“. . . In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
The Beatitudes offer a vision of life that calls all people, no matter their political persuasion, to live a life in service to others. Here’s a prayer by Bob Kaylor that is good for all of us to pray for our government leaders as we remember the long history of the U.S.A.
Lord, at the beginning of the day we come before you to ask your blessing on the work to be done in this chamber. As these senators and staff begin their busy day, may they not only be blessed by the strength of your wisdom, guidance and presence, but may they also be a blessing to those whom they serve and to each other. May these servant leaders model the kind of blessedness and character that was taught on a hillside long ago:
May they be poor in spirit, for their humility serves your kingdom.
May they mourn over the brokenness of the world and seek wholeness and change.
May they be the meek who stand not for power over others, but who stand beside others to lift them up.
May they hunger and thirst for righteousness and justice.
May they be merciful to those they serve and to each other.
May they be pure in heart, in motive and intention.
And may they be peacemakers, standing in the gap for those who have no voice.
Strengthen them for the work ahead and grant them your peace. Amen.
Eternal Father, on this Palm Sunday, as we remember your Son, and how he set his sights upon Jerusalem, we are made ashamed of our weak wills. When we think on him who steadfastly moved on to the city where he would be crucified, we remember ways we dodge our duties, and try to escape our calling, and fail to follow through on our convictions. Give us the courage of conviction, the determination to see your will through - - to the end.
We remember how Jesus came into Jerusalem, humbly, meekly, on a beast of burden, and it reminds us how you come into our lives today. We look for you to come in power, and do not recognize your coming in meekness. We look for you to come descending from the heavens, and do not see your coming to us in common and lowly ways. Help us to welcome you into our lives, as the children welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem that day.
We think of the singing that day . . . the loud hosannas . . . the spontaneous outburst of praise, and we think of the poverty of our praise. We sing our praise with too little inspiration. We pass over words in our hymns without thought. We go throughout songs of praise without feeling. Forgive us the poverty of worship.
We remember how your Son’s coming into Jerusalem began a very important week, so make this Holy Week an important week for us. Set our minds to meditate on the sufferings and death of Jesus. Give us new insights into the purpose of the cross. As we worship this week in this church, let us know again the cost of our redemption, the price paid for our pardon, the wonder of the cross.
Remembering the mistaken notion on that first Palm Sunday of those who tried to make you their kind of King, so forgive us when we try to make you into our kind of King. We want you to change the world by a motion of your hand, and we look to you to drive out evil from the world without the cross, without our suffering, without our obedience. Help us to cease waiting for another king, and to take up our cross and follow you. Amen.
We live in a world that worships activity, accomplishment and experience. When someone asks us “How we are doing”, we like to answer “Busy as a bee”. We certainly do have a lot of opportunity to do good in the world.
Jesus was concerned about how we spend our time. Many of his parables dealt with management of time. So time management is a spiritual concern. In the Gospel scripture for August 12th Jesus even says, “Where your treasure is, There will your heart be also”. Luke 12:34
Someone has said, “You don’t really pay for thing’s with money. You pay for them with time!” Translate the dollar value of the house, car or anything else into time, and then see if it’s still worth it.
Are we good stewards of time? How much do we give to our job? How much do we give to family? How much do we give to friends? How much do we give to God?
Our ultimate goal in life is to be ready for the Son of Man who is coming at an unexpected hour. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”.
Have you found the peace of God in your life? Summer is a good time to slow down and seek the space and time to contemplate Gods direction and purpose for your life. Listen for God and he will show you the right path. Don’t forget to reserve time for church on Sunday. See ya!