For the past six weeks we have heard the lyrics of the Servant Song by Richard Guillard written in 1976. Words that echo in our minds and hearts: “We are pilgrims on a journey. We are brothers (sisters) on the road. We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load. Brother (Sister), let me be your servant. Let me be as Christ to you. Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.” The lyrics are worth our time for prayer and reflection. We recognize that we are brothers and sisters on a journey, on this life’s journey. We must ask how we can serve each other. How can we bring Christ to others on this Ministry Sign up Sunday?
For the past seven weeks parishioners have given their testimonies on what it means to them to serve as a liturgical minister, i.e., cantor, choir member, lector, usher, greeter, altar server or Eucharistic Minister; to serve on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Children’s Social, Cleaning the Big Church and Little Church, Events Committee, Hospitality, Knights of Columbus, Office Assistance, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Saint Anthony Seniors, Social, Social Concerns, Welcoming along with Adult Faith Formation, Scripture study and small group faith sharing along with religious education for our children, young teens and teens. All of these opportunities are opportunities to be as Christ to one another. Some of these ministries are internal and essential and others are more external and essential, all of them together help to build up the Body of Christ through all aspects of parish life.
I am forever grateful for all the people who give of their time to perform these ministries, without them we could not function as a parish. There is training for each one of these ministries so that people can become comfortable in these respective areas of parish life. Everyone who has joined one of the committees has received as much benefit in receiving from others as in their giving to others. Did you notice there is no “they” in the word Church? There is only us. As the saying goes “u” (you) are the church,” you are the Body of Christ and we need you to help in one of these ministries so that we can be brothers and sisters to one another. Which ministry will you sign up for today on Ministry Sunday?
Next week is Covenant/Commitment Sunday to pledge your financial support for the ministries of the parish, to be Christ’s servants and disciples – how will you be generous?
Blessings, Father Larry Hendel, Pastor