by: Amy Janssen
4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith;7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching;8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. ~ Romans 12:4-8
As fall approaches, August a good month to take time to pray, think, and consider your involvement in the various ministries at Gethsemane. Perhaps you have been serving in a particular ministry for so long that it has simply become a part of your life. This could be a joy or a burden. Which has it become for you? Are there other kinds of ministry that might bring you joy or help you feel connected to God’s greater purpose? Are you passionate about the things you’re already doing and hoping that others will join you? Have you been taking a rest from actively participating in ministry this past year? If so, is it time to step back into active ministry in some small way? Talk about it with your family, your spouse, your friends. Consider where God is calling you to serve as a part of the body of Christ in this place, in this time in your life, with the gifts that you have. It might mean recommitting to your previous ministry team(s), it might mean backing off from them, or searching for something new.
One thing is certain, that we are ALL called by God, as members of the body of Christ, to be a part of God’s ministry in our church and community. How we do that is unique to each of us. One way to start discerning your particular calling is to look at the promises we make in our affirmation of baptism (confirmation). We say that we intend “to live among God’s faithful people; to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper; to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; to serve all people, following the example of Jesus; and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth”.
How are you fulfilling your baptismal calling as a child of God? We all are called to these promises in one way or another, but which do you feel most drawn to? That might give you a hint to which ministries of the church you may find the most fulfilling. To live among God’s people? Maybe you’re called to the hospitality ministries like greeting or ushering. Hear the Word and share in the supper? Maybe you’re called to join or start a Bible study, help altar guild set up for worship, or read scripture or prayers in worship. Proclaim the good news? Maybe you can help with Sunday School or Confirmation or join Joyful Noise. Serve all people or strive for justice and peace? Maybe you can join in with the Generosity Team, Habitat for Humanity building, or sew with the Quilters.
Take some time this month to look at the skills and gifts that you have been blessed with and imagine how they could be used for God’s glory and your joy.
May your discernment lead you to fulfilling ministry for the sake of Christ!
Your co-worker in Christ,