July 8, 2016
I remember growing up, and my parents had a rule: If you see an elderly person in the parking lot, you stop everything and you go help them put their bags into their car. I really hated that rule. I just didn’t want to take the time to help anyone because I saw it as a chore. I remember once I even said, about an older woman in a motorized scooter, “Nah Mom, it looks like she’s got it. I would just be in the way.” I was never good at coming up with excuses.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but my parents understood something about serving that I did not. We have the opportunity to serve. We don’t do it because it’s a chore. We do it because it’s the time to connect with our neighbor and with God. It’s a blessing to give back with our gifts and our time. We should rejoice in the ability to do so and take advantage of every chance we can.
I’ll admit that, when I first came to this church several years ago, I had no desire to serve. I wanted to sit in the back, listen to a sermon and leave. But deep down, I think I knew that this wasn’t enough. When I started volunteering here at St. Andrew, it all changed. ‘The church I go to’ became ‘my church.’ Serving here gave me new friendships and connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise. All of you changed from the congregation to my family, and you helped strengthen my relationship with God. That all happened because I was willing to take that next step and start serving. I didn’t realize it, but God was going to use serving here to continue to grow my faith in unexpected ways.
This week, we begin a new sermon series here at St. Andrew UMC called "Like Jesus." It’s going to be an incredible month-long series where we explore what it means for Jesus to not be viewed as just someone we like, but someone we choose to be like. This kind of growth challenges us to take action. We have all been blessed to find a home here at St. Andrew, and we have the opportunity to show others that this can be a home to them as well through our hospitality on Sunday mornings.
If you’ve never served before at St. Andrew, or any church for that matter, this summer is the perfect time to start. We have some amazing things happening here right now, and even more incredible things coming in the future. They are only possible, however, with a congregation as motivated and caring as you. If you’d like information on how you can volunteer here at the Contemporary Services as an usher, a greeter, or even if you just want to help make coffee, we’d love to help you get involved. If you’re interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, or if there’s another way you think you’d like to volunteer, contact Jessica Lowe.
See you Sunday!