I remember the days when my daughters where in school. It was so exciting getting everything ready for the new school year: new clothes, new shoes, new school supplies. My girls would line up all their school supplies in their rooms for a month before school started. Then, when we got the school calendar and other events calendars, we would mark everything down on our family calendar. I would have a different color for everyone: LeAnn would be red, Sarah green, I would be pink, and Perry would be blue. I would mark down everything, so nothing was missed. Church worship and activities were so important to us, and we would try not to miss anything. I know we get so busy that sometimes we forget how important it is to pencil in serving at church.
Serving at church and in other places is not only beneficial to the people we serve but also to our children and ourselves. Our children will learn compassion and understand God’s servant heart. We receive a healthier life by giving of ourselves and living out our faith. When we serve, we receive much more than we give. We receive the peace of God within us. So I invite you to come to the table and taste and see the goodness of God. Mark on your calendar the Sunday or Wednesday you and/or your family plan to serve at church. To serve, sign up at the Connecting Point table or go to signupgenius.com and find a place to find God’s peace. For we are all called to serve, as I Peter 4:10 says, “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” I call and invite you to serve in some way here at First Lutheran Church. Help in worship, with Sunday School, with confirmation, at the clothes closet, be a small-group leader or wherever God has called you to serve. There are so many ways to serve. Find your place, and you will have the peace of God within you.
If you have trouble finding a place to serve, I can help you find an area where you can help. We have many places to fill at the table, so find your place to serve, receiving God’s goodness and peace. I will be glad to meet with you, or you can e-mail me any concerns you may have. Watch for training and for sign ups so you can serve. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at church, 608.783.2236
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