Years ago as a family, when my girls were small, we would go ice fishing. Perry would open up several holes to fish in and start fishing, while I would try to fish and watch the girls playing in the snow. The girls would run around, make houses in the snow and play with the fish being caught. We would remind them often to watch out for fishing holes and not go too far from mom or dad. As they would play one of them or both of them would step into a fishing hole and get one or both feet wet before it was time to go home. I was usually prepared for this and brought with us dry socks and bread bags. We would change out of the wet socks, put dry ones on, with bread bags over them, and the feet would go back into the boots, after dumping all the water out. Getting your feet wet was the cost of being together as an ice-fishing family, and being prepared for wet feet was part of that.
Soon we will prepare to start our action teams, and as part of that preparation we will do a participation survey. Everyone will be asked to take this survey, either with paper or online, so that we can get our teams going. We want each member of our congregation to get their feet wet and be on an action team. We are called to prepare for action. Luke 12:35 says, “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit.” We are not called to sit in our pews, but to take action. Our church ministry involves all of us doing our part and getting our feet wet by being a part of an action team, being involved in events, participating in small groups and striving for discipleship. Taking the participation survey is our way of getting dressed, for both the individual taking it and the church getting the results. When we involve ourselves by participating in the life of the church, not just worship, that is when our lamp, the light of Christ, can brightly shine.
The participation survey will come out soon so I encourage each of you to take the survey, dressing yourselves for the work of the church, so that Christ’s light can shine bright. I am looking forward to every member at First being dressed and prepared for action, which will lead to a vibrant life of faith and ministry. If you have any questions contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.