The Thursday Crew… your bulletin didn’t just fold itself, you know.

This Sunday we’ll take time together to say, “thank you!” This is for all the ways those connected to our church have given of their time and energy over the past year to make possible the mission and ministries we share. For all of these collected efforts, God is truly accomplishing something amazing in our midst.

In 1 Corinthians 12:1-13, Paul paints a vivid picture of the body of Christ, illustrating how each member plays a crucial role in the functioning of the whole. Just as the human body has many parts with different functions, so too does the community of faith. From teaching and preaching to serving and administrating, every individual brings unique gifts and talents to the table.

Consider the volunteers within our church community. They are the heartbeat of our mission and ministry, embodying the diverse manifestations of God’s grace. Some rise early to prepare the sanctuary for worship, while others stay late or show up Monday mornings to tidy up. Some lend their voices to the choir, while others use their organizational skills to plan events. Each act, no matter how big or small, contributes to the greater good.

Yet, there may be some among us who feel hesitant to step forward, unsure of their place or their abilities. To them, I would say: Do not underestimate the power of your presence. Your time and energy are precious gifts, waiting to be unwrapped and shared with others. Just as the hand cannot say to the foot, “I don’t need you,” so too are you indispensable to the body of Christ.

So, don’t be a spectator on the sidelines, but an active participant in God’s unfolding story. We embrace the diversity of gifts within our community and joyfully offer ourselves in service to others. For in doing so, we become living testimonies of God’s love and grace, shining brightly as blessings in action.

May God’s peace find you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of possibility, help us recognize our unique gifts and inspire us to actively serve in our community, becoming conduits of your love and grace. Amen.