This Sunday at BLC
November 11, 2018 – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
What does the Lord require of you?
When considering themes for the stewardship focus this fall, the familiar words of our offertory prayer seemed to fit well: “We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us – ourselves, our time and our possessions, signs of your gracious love.” This theme gives us the opportunity to take a prayer that has been spoken many times over the years in worship and to reflect on each part by dedicating a Sunday to consider its meaning and our response.
On this Sunday, our focus is how we respond to God’s Gracious Love with Our Time. When asked to write a devotion for The Star, my first thought was the length of my already overwhelming To Do list. This includes committee meetings, upcoming rehearsals for several musical groups, a Boy Scout campout, and of course, all those colorful leaves still hanging on the trees that are soon to blanket the yard. How will I find time to squeeze in one more thing?
While your list is certainly different, it’s probably safe to say yours is long as well. And when asked to give of your time to help others, you may wonder how to take on one more request.
We’ll hear in the Gospel reading that Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She had a lengthy prep list for the guests she was hosting and was looking for a helping hand. Jesus told her, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.”
It’s all about priorities. Our time is a gift from God, and while limited, we do have the freedom to choose how to use it. Be deliberate. Take care to make wise decisions. Find the best fit for your talents so the giving of your time will be a joyful act.
Recently at a Chancel Choir rehearsal, someone reflected on the favorable change in attitude experienced at many Wednesday evening rehearsals. When pulling into the parking lot at the end of a long workday, the evening rehearsal can feel like a burden. But a transformation occurs in the following 90 minutes when singing next to long-time friends and working challenging anthems. As the lyrics, pitches, and rhythms become more familiar, music is made and spirits are lifted. We all leave feeling better than when we arrived, buoyed by accomplishments and being part of something greater than ourselves. Truly the work of the Holy Spirit.
With time in limited supply, let us not take this gift for granted, but spend it where it will do the most good and further God’s purpose through us.
~ Andy G.