The Silent Work in the Church

The Silent Work in the Church

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishment toward

organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

Andrew Carnegie

 

     A week ago I wrote about the weekend events of the King Coalition celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. I had the opportunity to be with colleagues of different churches and different denominations. This last week I was able to attend the breakfast for Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice (ICWJ). The speaker for the breakfast was Dalia Mogahed. The title of her speech was “Increasing Our Compassion Footprint: A Muslim perspective on economic and worker justice.” It was so good to hear about the work for justice from the beliefs of the Muslim faith. Again, I was reminded of how much work can be done in the community, even though we come from different faith traditions. Although both events have prodded me to want to do more work with a diverse group in the community, it has also caused me think about all of the work that is done within the diverse membership of this community of First Congregational.

     We don’t put up posters and banners every week in the church recognizing the work done by the members of First Congregational, but we certainly could. The church, through its numerous outreach opportunities, touches many lives. But then, if we started adding what our individual members do, the work of the church is, and should be, working almost 24 hours a day. When I say work done by our members, I’m not talking about the work they are paid to do, I am referring to the volunteer work that is done on a regular basis, both in and outside the church. I’m talking about the time our members willingly give to serve on boards, committees, providing extra care in the nursery, ushering, greeting, watering plants, writing cards, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, weeding the gardens, answering the phones, taking food to the food pantries, providing rides to and from worship and meetings, reading in worship, facilitating education classes, or providing after worship refreshments. And this is just a partial list; I hesitated to even start naming for fear I would leave an activity out. But, the point is, if we didn’t all give willingly of our time and work together as a team, our church would not be the welcoming, forward thinking place it is. With all of us working toward a common vision of sharing the message of Jesus Christ, we build a stronger community within, so everyone then has the common goal of stretching our hand out into the broader community to make a difference in people’s lives

     Sometimes we get so focused on our external work, we forget to give thanks for the many people who give their time and energy to serve inside the church in a variety of ways we sometimes overlook because the service is being done so well. Thanks! Your work, however silent it may seem, is noticed and appreciated! It makes our community better!

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to  help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-

~ Eldonna Hazen

 

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm in Featured Content.

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