I ran across a story about a farmer who noticed a highway department truck pulling over on to the shoulder of the road. A man got out and dug a hole, then got back into the truck. Then the other occupant got out, filled up the hole and got back in the truck. Every fifty yards this amazing process was repeated.
Finally the farmer went up to the driver and asked, “What are you doing?” The driver replied, “We’re on a highway beautification project, and the guy who plants the trees is at home sick today.”
As the London Olympics came to an end, one of the enduring memories will be the effectiveness of the American athletes in team sports: men’s and women’s basketball, women’s track, soccer, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s relay teams in swimming – the list of team gold medals is impressive.
In each of these events, success would not have been possible if each team member had not shown up – been fully present, joining his or her efforts for the overall success of the team.
We have had an amazing summer of ministry at Trinity. VBS for pre-school and younger elementary students and Venture for older elementary students, approached the over 500 mark. Student ministry events soared – 120 students went on the SOS mission project, 70 mid-highs attended Element Summer Camp. David Thompson tells me that fully a third of these students are not “members” of Trinity – they come from the wider community. They showed up.
But none of this would be possible had not dozens of adult servant ministers/volunteers also shown up to make this ministry happen. VBS/Venture alone required more than one hundred volunteers.
Ministry at Trinity requires teamwork. We simply could not engage in the scope of ministry that we do if YOU did not show up. Paul, of course, gave expression to this when he talked about the Church being the body of Christ – with each part needing every other part in order for the body to function effectively. The effectiveness of any church is a function of how well we function together as a team.
So thank you for “showing up,” for being a part of this vital body of Christ.