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May 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

A Pizza Parable....

So it’s May 19, 2017 – Day 1 of the “Garage Sale for Missions” event here at Christ Church. (Day 2 is tomorrow, May 20 from 8am-1pm.) The place is bustling with people and activity. There is a wonderful group of servants helping the folks who have come to look at the items. There is another group of people working in the kitchen with the baked goods sale. Others in the parking lot are selling hotdogs and offering places for conversation on a beautiful sunny day. And then Louie Slautterback shows up to make pizza for the volunteers – HOMEMADE pizza – all the way down to the crust! As I type these words Louie is walking through the halls of the church announcing a fresh pepperoni coming out of the oven in two minutes (guess I should type faster……) I can say – from experience – absolutely delicious pizza! He and I were in the kitchen talking, and Louie said, “Isn’t this amazing!? All these folks serving and interacting with our community friends! This is such a GREAT place!” What struck me was the joy in his voice. “That’s what life should be like when the body of Christ gets together and serves together.”, I thought.  “There’s supposed to be joy, and laughter, and connection - not to random people, but to people on the journey with us.”

As I have spent time in the church – better said, WITH the church - over these 33 years of ministry, I know JOY can be on the short side sometimes. Tasks needing attention can seem endless, volunteers to help can seem few and far between, funds to do what needs done trickle in if we’re lucky… and all while the brokenness of people’s lives present themselves with unceasing consistency. Folks who do show up to help get burned out from caring and trying to make a difference, and frustration grows because “church” – the kingdom things we are to be about -  was not intended to be done by a few, but by ALL of us living fully into and out of the giftedness God has given. What made this morning so joyful was that multiple people were giving of themselves in multiple ways. No one person was overwhelmed - all were serving as they chose to and were being used in diverse ways for what God was doing here today. Reminds me of some scripture verses from 1 Corinthians 12: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…Now the body is not made up of one part but of many… But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be… The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”… If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (7, 14, 18, 21, 26, 27)

In worship these past few weeks I have been saying that God needs every one of us. We ALL matter to the plan and purpose of God – our gifts matter, our talents matter, our stories matter. What God wants to do in and through Christ Church in Franklin will happen completely only as EACH of us surrenders ALL of us to the God who chooses to use EVERY ONE of us to bring his kingdom fully to His earth. And when we are all “employed” in the business of God’s kingdom work, joy will be frequent and full in our life together.  

Now then………… where’s Louie with that pizza…………..

Keep Lookin’ Up!
Pastor David

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