The song “Help” was made popular by the Beatles back in 1965. As a matter of fact, the Beatles were looking for so much “Help” that a single song would cut it, the concept needed a whole album, and then a feature length movie! The chorus lyrics are a desperate cry for some badly needed assistance; “Help, I need somebody. Help, not just anybody. Help, you know I need someone. Help!” This just might become the theme song for St. John’s Lutheran Church in the coming months, especially as we expand our Sunday worship from one to two services, along with the Christian Education (Sunday School and Bible class) Hour in between. We are going to need a lot of help in covering all of the things that have to be done to make it happen.
In the 12th chapter of his letter to the church in Rome the Apostle Paul speaks of the fact that all of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ, those redeemed by faith in the death and resurrection of our Savior, form one body, which is indeed Christ himself. We, the Church, are the continuing presence of Christ on earth, here with the mission of spreading the good news of the kingdom of God being open to all people by faith in Jesus Christ. That is our collective mission, our Great Commission. In John 14:12 Jesus tells us “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” As He has gone to the right hand of the Father, and placed his Spirit within us, we now can accomplish even greater things than He because of our sheer numbers. While on earth Jesus could only be in one place at one time. We however, the Body of Christ, have the ability to be in all places at all times.
Along with the corporate mission of the Church that we share in all of us are called to the individual mission field. Paul goes on in chapter 12 of Romans to say; “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”(6-8) Every believer, member of the Church, has been given a unique set of gifts from the Spirit which we are to use in order to build up the Church, the Body. Church is not a spectator sport in which a few participate while the others come once a week to watch. All of us have a role to play on the “team”. No matter how insignificant it may seem to be to us, to God each role is of vital importance. Yes, we must have pastors, teachers and evangelists, but we need just as badly those who work in the background to support those efforts. Paul uses the analogy of a body to characterize the Church. If parts of a person’s body are missing, or are not functioning correctly, the entire body suffers. That person is not able to carry out its duties as effectively as one who is whole. If the problem becomes bad enough; there are too many pieces missing, he or she will die.
The message here is that we, the Body of Christ at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Spokane, WA, must be together, and all of us must fill the role that God has chosen for us. Truth is…WE NEED HELP…your help. Some are already giving all according to the grace given them, and I thank you for that. But, many are not. As we go forward we need somebody, not just anybody. We need the members of the Body to come together to carry out our mission. With our expanded Sunday schedule, and our growing numbers we especially need people to help out with the Altar Circle, as Sunday School teachers and assistants, as servers for fellowship, as ushers and greeters. The need is most acute for the Altar Circle and greeters. To that end we will hold a “Job Fair” during our 2nd Sunday Brunch on September 14th. Tables will be set up and manned (perhaps more likely womanned) by our service groups so that you can find out more about the opportunities that are available and the responsibilities that go along with them. The old saying goes, “many hands make the load lighter.” Too few people are shouldering too much of the burden. Sadly, it’s that way in most churches. Let’s make St. John’s the exception to that rule. Let’s be a unified body, with all our members present and participating, for the good of all…for the good of our ministry.