(Brooke’s generosity Blog)
September 9, 2018
School has started. Church activities are beginning for another season. This is a perfect time to consider making new friends. Knox is a large congregation and it may take a while to get comfortable and involved, if you want to.
One of the great things about Knox Waterloo is the opportunity, if you choose, to not get involved, and to find energy in worship as a primary activity. Everyone has times in life when we cannot give any more, and we need rest and to be cared for by others. This is not a sign of weakness, this is a sign of wisdom to care for the self. At Knox Waterloo we make a conscious effort to first listen, before seeing involvement. The invitation is for you, if you are ready, to consider involvement. We seek to honour those who are taking a sabbatical from leadership or involvement.
This is one of the hidden Knox ministries that I feel really good about. Over the years we have been a safe refuge to many church leaders from other congregations and denominations. Ministry as a non-clergy, or as a minister can be very stressful. Some people need a safe place to be and to quietly worship God as healing happens. This is sacred. This is a ministry that we offer.
One of the ways that church involvement has evolved over the past 20 years, is that now, more than ever before, time is precious. People and families are busier than ever. That is why we work so hard to offer limited, but meaningful ministry opportunities.
At Knox Waterloo we offer limited terms, limited time commitments, and unlimited satisfaction gained by participating in a life giving ministry. Nearly a hundred adult ministry participants make the LOGOS ministry happen. Each task is carefully thought out and can be accomplished with satisfaction. If a task grows and becomes more than a person can manage, then we will split that role into two jobs.
Church should be a joy and a blessing. Far too often congregations will misuse the time and talents of the people of God by asking too much. Ministry is a privilege and a joy. It is life-giving delight to be a participant in one of the eight retirement-home ministries every month. When you participate as a coffee hour server, you give hospitality to friends, many of whom you do not know yet.
The invitation is personal, and it comes from Jesus.
First invitation: to rest. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). There is a restlessness that comes to us that can only be satisfied with a holy presence. Jesus wants us to rest.
Second invitation: follow. “Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’” (Mark 1:17). We are rested so that we can serve. Part of the service is sharing our stories from our life with Jesus.
Third invitation: live with Jesus. Jesus said, “Abide in me as I abide in you” (John 15:4). Jesus gave the gift of a community, where we can support one another in all our journeys of life and of faith. This is what a church is, when we are at our best. Thanks be to God.