Good Folks, it is Friday, November 2, 2018. There are 53 days; 1,272 hours; 76,320 seconds shopping moments until Christmas. Give or take a few hours or seconds.
We are entering the last two months of 2018. Thanksgiving Day begins to be planned with the purchase of a turkey, ingredients for pies and cakes, and cornbread stuffing with giblet gravy (my personal favorite). Some folks will be traveling during this time as we also enter December and the Advent season.
The church has the Hanging of the Greens on Sunday, November 25, 1PM, when volunteers begin to transform the lobby and sanctuary areas. It take volunteers. Many volunteers to make these events happen.
Often we fail to thank folks for the ministry they do: the welcoming of a first-time guest or a member of 50 years, ushering or being part of the worship team for the Sacrament of Communion, singing in the choir or volunteering to teach Sunday School. Dean & Janie Singleton prepare the coffee and arrange the donuts for your pleasure – Thank You! The list is endless but the gratitude for faithfulness and commitment does not go unnoticed. Truth be known, there is so much that goes on behind the scene of any church to make Sunday morning happen, as well as the rest of the week to go smoothly.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the church for being the church. In our recent Charge Conference, two phrases were often uttered: “Church Work” and the “Work of the Church.” Both are necessary. Both are important.
Today, write a note, make a call, email or text someone how much you appreciate them for being someone who has made a difference in your life or someone else’s.
I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Sunday is a time to remember many who are now in the Church Triumphant. Names will be read. Bells rung. A photograph on the screens shown. Tears shed. Memories treasured. Soli Deo Gloria
Blessings from Duncanville,
PS: “Life is fragile. Handle with Prayer.”