There’s a special joy about today. People arrive at church a little earlier than usual (I mean they’re all on time!). There are smiles and hugs. Today it feels a little more like everyone is family. 1,000 people or so, ready to serve people they probably don’t even know. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” So today, we worked for the Lord!
On days like this, the community gets to see what I see every day. People who love the Lord with all their heart, and who love people. It’s the people of South Rock. They love to serve people in the name of Christ. People who have a heart for the needs of people in the community and around the world.
This is how the church works --- it’s how it’s supposed to work. The words that come to my mind are:
Selflessness: There’s no pride in pulling weeds that you didn’t grow, or in wearing tie die shirts! haha
Service: There’s a special warmth that you only feel when you serve other people. We’re called to do that as Christians. It’s the way of Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve.
Unity: We have a time of worship together before we go out and serve. That word, “Together” is very special. We are united in Christ as we serve together.
Teamwork: Many of the jobs that are done on that day, could not be done alone. It takes a team. There are teams all over town, working together.