I began the sermon time last Sunday with a game of “Church Family Feud” based on the TV game show Family Feud. After a few introductory comments and instructions, I announced the question. “100 Christian Saints were surveyed and were asked this question, ‘What do you make a list for?’” I had thought of secular answers along the lines of the responses on the popular TV show. I had selected answers including the following: To Do List, Grocery List, Bucket List, Honey-Do List, and a Santa Claus List.
However, I had set myself up for one extremely appropriate answer that was NOT along secular lines. I had announced the game of Church Family Feud. I remarked that Christian Saints were surveyed. So it was completely fitting when Pam Huggins said, “Prayer List.” That was an absolutely fabulous answer for the game Church Family Feud.
Speaking of “church lists,” I have recently been reminded of quite a few “lists” Coolwater has created in our mission and ministry. The three-year loan modification on the building loan between Coolwater and the Board of Church Extension comes to an end next month. We are currently working to negotiate another three-year term for our building loan. At a meeting in June, a representative from Board of Church Extension relayed a request for information about our church mission and activity to take to Board of Church Extension.
The Year in Review powerpoints that Karen Blue has created over the years provided an excellent presentation of our life and ministry together. They became a key component to share our story with Board of Church Extension. I wrote a narrative to accompany and expand on the powerpoints. As I looked through the Year in Reviews of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 to date I saw the makings of numerous “lists.”
Here a few of those lists: a list of a variety of worship experiences, a list of ways Coolwater reached out to people during the pandemic, a list of study and meditation opportunities, a list of special events (like the 10th Anniversary of the Building, and the Drive-thru Nativity), a list of many outreach projects, and a list of people and agencies Coolwater has supported through outreach efforts, There are certainly others lists you could make with a glance at the Year in Review collection Karen created.
To me, the most impressive “list” was all of the Coolwater people at worship, ministry and mission. I saw a list of the body of Christ. Paul tells us that we are individually a part of the Body of Christ and together we are the Body of Christ. That is what I see at Coolwater as we serve Christ together. Together, we are sharing our burdens and cares, giving grace to help us through inevitable human errors along the way, reaching out to others in the name of Christ, and building one another up. That is being Church Family, and that is being the Body of Christ.