Several weeks ago we were in the midst of a sermon series on the Methodist Way. We took each practice, week by week, and we reminded ourselves of how we are called to live each of these out in our daily lives. We also took a moment to reflect on how those practices had been lived out over the last four years in our family. On September 8th we wrapped up the series by looking at Salty Service.
Bishop Richard Schnase describes Salty Service as “…the projects, efforts, and work people do to make a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, whether or not they will ever become part of the community of faith. [Salty Service] pushes us out of our comfort zone, stretching us beyond service to people we already know, exposing us to people, situations, and needs that we would never ordinarily encounter apart from our deliberate intention to serve Christ. Congregations who practice [Salty] Service offer endless opportunities for people to make a difference in lives of others through service projects, volunteer opportunities, and mission initiatives.”
I looked among you and asked that we be more faithful in turning in our Salty Service cards. Not as a means of bragging, but to help create the culture of reminding ourselves that we are called to be in mission with those around us. If we keep this reminder, this card, in front of us it can act as a tool of encouragement for us to constantly look for ways we can reach out to the people of our community.
I wanted to give you an update on how we are doing in this area. We had been averaging about 20 cards a week this year and in years past. That Sunday 45 cards were turned in. For the next three Sundays our numbers were 42, 42, and 20 respectively.
Folks we are to be about the business of our Lord and that means we are to reach out to others. We are to find ways to bring the love and grace of Christ into this world. The love that the people of Druid Hills exhibit is too good of a thing to keep secret. I want to encourage you to keep creating that culture of service here. I want you to keep showing up and building God’s Kingdom here on Earth. I want to invite you to continue to look for ways to make a difference in the lives of all people.
God loves you and so do I,