A tribal elder went into town for the day to run some errands for the village. When he came back everyone noticed that he was carrying a box of things he purchased. Inside they saw there was a light bulb. They found this quite odd, considering they didn’t have electricity. Of course, he was the elder, so no one questioned him. As the day was coming to an end, they were very perplexed about this light bulb. Finally, someone asked him, “Why did you buy a light bulb if we have no electricity?”
In response, he called together the whole village. He got them to all stand in a big circle. Next, he placed the light bulb in the dirt in the exact middle of the circle. Finally, he commanded everyone to join hands together. Miraculously, the light bulb immediately began to illuminate when everyone joined their hands. He then spoke in a very confident voice, “many hands make light work”.
As we are beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel with Covid-19, I’d like us all to consider two important things:
- Covid isn’t going away; vaccinations and safe practices are making it so that we can begin to resume many of our normal activities. But this virus will be with us for some time, if not forever. We simply have to be vigilant in our care – for ourselves and one another.
- In relation to the story (joke?) above, I want to let you know that the leadership at Beautiful Savior is likewise beginning to take steps to resume some of the ministries and activities we may all have taken for granted prior to Covid. That’s where you – the “many hands” – come in😊.
Being a member of a faith community – a church – brings with it many blessings, but also some responsibility. As we gather in Jesus’ name, we are encouraged by His Word and His Sacraments, but also by one another. Part of that encouragement comes from being involved ‘in the trenches,” so to speak. As we head into summer, I’m asking all of us to consider how, when, and where we can be involved to get our congregation back up and running again, even growing again. I have three areas of ministry in particular I’d like you to consider how you might plug in:
- Fellowship: Whether it be resuming refreshments after services or organizing special events (such as the Christmas Carol sing last December), Fellowship activities and events are wonderful opportunities to connect on a little deeper level, or meet folks we haven’t met before. They are also excellent for inviting friends to who don’t have a faith or a church home.
- Christian Education: Whether it’s adult Bible classes or Sunday School for children or junior/senior high youth, we hope to get things back up and running this Fall, beginning with our Family Sunday School this Summer.
- Evangelism: Finding ways to connect with those not connected, learning how to be “Jesus with skin on” in a way that draws others to Him, and putting those skills to use in our everyday lives. Note that the first two on my list are natural opportunities for this to happen.
My vision would be to create teams to work on each of these areas – no “Lone Rangers” here. If you would have an interest in getting involved in a particular ministry and being on one of these teams, please contact me or Sarah in the church office. For now, we will simply be gathering names, and then somewhere mid-Summer, we will try to schedule a time when each ministry “team” can meet to pray, brainstorm ideas, and formulate plans for implementation. Following that, folks will have an opportunity to say, “Yes, I’d like to be involved in this, I’d like to be a part of this ministry team,” as we take the next step together. Attending that first meeting, however, would not obligate anyone to anything.
Also, for now, I will be taking the lead with each of these teams, and simply looking for teammates to be about the work of the Kingdom here at Beautiful Savior. I encourage you to pray, talk to your family and friends, and seek where the Lord would have you serve. Then call the church office and let us know.
God has some exciting things in store for us here at Beautiful Savior. Come be a part of it!
Serving our Lord together,