by Dave Walker
“Ministry is how we practice living our faith, preparing us for living our faith outside of the Cathedral. Outreach is the subset of ministry that gets us out of our comfort zone and broadens our understanding of the love of God for all persons and all of creation. Like prayer, fellowship, and the reading of Scripture, Outreach is the stuff we need to build personal faith and build our faith community.” John Walllingford, Sr. Warden
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27
What a glorious weekend at St. John’s!!! There was such a great spirit of praise and thanksgiving, warmth and welcome among the worship services on both Saturday and Sunday capped by the amazing turnout and participation with the Ministry Fair. It was one of those weekends where I truly felt the sense of us being a “community under construction” as we gathered for worship and enjoyed each other’s company over a meal and conversation. It was great meeting new folks, reacquainting with longer-term members who’ve been away for the summer and having the opportunity to get to know others who call St. John’s “home” during the weekend. There was certainly a lot of planning and execution of the planning that made the weekend what it was, especially all the behind-the-scene stuff with cooking, set-up and program elements. WAY TO GO!!!
As we enter a new and exciting future with Heather and her family’s arrival with us, the opportunities abound for how we will collectively use our skills, talents and resources in ways that form and shape us as followers of Christ. The ripple effect of our numerous Outreach ministries has both tangible and spiritual ramifications for those we serve through these ministries and for our own understanding of how God is working in us. The energy displayed by the individuals who represented the various ministries was inspiring and I left the festivities with high hopes for our communal commitment to serve those outside and inside the Cathedral through these hands-on and more behind-the-scene ministries.
What I’m most excited about is the potential for how we can collectively bring all our God-given gifts in service to others as we get to know one another better, serve together in ministry, pray together, worship together and welcome both newcomers and long-timers as members of the body, the church. I really appreciated Heather’s challenge for us in this regard. I personally believe that it is in our “doing” when combined with our “faith” where we get to truly experience the power of God in our lives and in those we’re called to serve. It’s our working and worshiping together, with God’s help and leading, that will build up St. John’s as a place of welcome for all people and where we can engage this collective journey of faith in hope, love and service.