So it’s mid-morning here in the Atlanta suburbs. I am sitting in my favorite chair in the bedroom, beside the window overlooking the beautiful pool at our apartments. My kitty Gus (short for Lord Edward Augustus) sits on the window seal beside me, sometimes happy for the extra pets, sometimes angry I am sitting in his chair. I think we must both need the sunlight from this spot. The fans are still blowing from over night providing a nice white noise. I have my prayer shawl draped around my shoulders as I do often when sitting here working on ministry, worship or deep thoughts.
I am working on finishing up the power point and bulletin for worship in a few days. I have decided to appoint myself “Volunteer Administrative Assistant”. In this new role, I will do exactly what I am already doing. Working with the Worship team – Jodi, our pastor; Jennifer and myself – to prepare for worship each week. Preparing the bulletin, making the power point and worship script. Jennifer was doing these things but with her new job I have a little more energy then she does. We work well together though. I will also make sure the space is ready for worship each week. I already do Altarscapes and will continue. At the church I will print the needed materials for worship. I will prepare the monthly worship schedule and distribute it. Checking the mail and getting items to whom they need to.
There are several areas that I am not currently doing but hope to soon: be a liasian between the church and the conference for ways we can be involved there. Also planning for ways to initiate growth within our congregation. Follow up with visitors with information about the church. Follow up on/reach out to church members who are sick, hospital visits, experiencing grief. Possibility of in the future providing office hours each week for the congregations needs.
It’s not all glamorous but I feel a strong calling to support the pastor at our church. As a board member, as a person who is called to ministry and exploring this calling within the church – I have many gifts that I want to share. Our church is small and our pastor is part time. I believe anywhere a church has a moral obligation to care especially for their pastor. It has always been my intention to do this in my churches I have been a member. I think though life has often gotten in the way of this intention. Due to some health issues though I have slowed down and it has given me time to concentrate on church, on ministry. I enjoy all the many ways I have found to do the work of the church this year. It is only October but come New Year’s Eve this year I believe I will have so much to reflect on. Exciting things happening and exciting things to come.
I have discovered over the last few months a renewed passion for creating meaningful worship. There are so many really wonderful resources available. So many gifted people with things to say to add emotion and connection to a worship service. I have a strong passion like many of my friends for social justice. I believe this comes from Jesus answer to the greatest commandment to love God with all we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In case you are wondering – ALL of God’s creation is our neighbor. I love people. I want the people in my life to know they matter. If someone needs a cup of soup – I’, there. If someone is going to have surgery – I’m there. If someone is mourning – I’m there. Though this is a area I need to work on – I have good intentions here also but I forget to mail a call or am to anxious to make a phone call. I believe I will get to where I want to be.
Well that is a lot for one mornings thoughts. I have to finish this power point and write my grocery list. It’s a difficult balance of life sometimes. Passions and necessities.
By the way – have you heard this song/seen this video from a few years ago? It will be part of our worship this week. (We started a awesome series called “Outside My Own Little World last Sunday – we use Worship Design Studio from Marcia McFee).
I Need to Wake Up Melissa Etheridge