“But I just want to row a boat.” And yet, belonging to an association of boat rowing
enthusiasts, hosting “regattas,” maintaining a “boat-house” and a multitude of boats,
requires hours of work – either paid or volunteered. So, the privilege of rowing a boat
around the Los Alamitos harbor entails contributing 12 volunteer hours (over the
course of a year). Now, that honestly doesn’t sound very hard (except for being a
pastor, when the primary events at which one can volunteer are held on Sunday
Mornings – oops.)
Our church “association” of disciples also thrives on the gracious service of our
family in faith:
- Our boat house of faith requires hours of attention from handy men and women.
- Our worship life is blessed by hours of rehearsing choirs, coffee preparers,
welcoming greeters, light bearing acolytes, donut merchants, and worship-guide
printing and folding saints.
- Our capacity for “rowing” in Christ is nurtured by generous teachers, assistants,
- Our mission to transform the world is realized through innumerable hours of
mentoring, feeding, clothing, affirming conversation, letter writing, and even
Ministry and Service are the norm of our life together. They create opportunities to
foster community, extend the welcome of Christ, and deepen our roots in the Spirit,
which provide the space for healing and renewal of our neighborhood. You are the
ministers of the church.
Opportunities to serve unfold all year long. And there are seasons when we make
special invitations and undergo transitions in our administrative leadership. In the
next few weeks, we will be inviting the church family to consider how the Spirit may
be nudging you to invest in transforming service. We will be circulating a
“Service/Ministry Opportunity Form” which lists a variety of channels for using your
gifts and skills. Please take some time to prayerfully consider how you will respond
or where you feel called.
Twelve hours (or one hundred hours) may seem like an imposition. But then I am
reminded that this investment opens up the gift of life on the water, or the joy of life
in the company of one who walks on water. What a privilege to labor with such a