Ponderings for August 13 2019

I want you to meet my friends, Steve and Lisa (or, for that matter, Craig and Judy, their ministry partners). On a weekly basis, Steve and Lisa lead a meeting of those who have recently experienced the sting of divorce. Steve and Lisa supply boxes of tissues and words of empathy and a very safe place for these wounded, single-again people. Steve and Lisa and Craig and Judy love these folks and their ministry.
 
Tony and Karl remind me a bit of David Spade and Chris Farley. They play off each other really well—a perfect balance of gravity and levity. And they have this really odd quirk: they love junior high students! No kidding. And every week, they take the vast truths of Scripture and make them entirely accessible to our young teens. Talk about finding their niche!
 
I ran into Bob and Bonnie at Panera a couple weeks ago. A friendlier couple you may never meet. As we were shooting the breeze about the Cleveland Indians and shoulder surgery, Bonnie mentioned that “it’s our turn to greet at the main door this Sunday!” Talk about folks who are cut out for and love their ministry! Bob and Bonnie won’t know how to contain themselves when the Gathering Space opens and they get to greet in that beautiful new space!
 
Speaking of the Gathering Space, if you didn’t know otherwise, you would think Tom works here. He is often on Trinity’s campus when I get here in the morning and then back again and again throughout the day. Tom has been charged with the ministry of new construction oversight. He is managing the details and quality control of the entire building project. Essential—that is what I would call Tom’s contribution to Trinity and our new construction.
 
I walk into the worship center on Wednesday evening to say hello and goodbye to everyone in there working on their craft together to make our worship beautifully, well, worshipful. Mark and Alfredo and Chris and Kathy and Tim and Heather are all led by David to go over that bit for the fifth time to make sure they have it right. That’s dedication. That’s the nature of ministry. Without it, where would we be?
 
The names go on and on: Kristen, Randy, Frank, Nancy, Joe, Josh, Olivia, Bella…
 
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good (1 Cor. 12:4–7).
 
It is people that make Trinity go. It is people like you that will make Trinity go even further. Join the team! Get ready to hear more this Sunday!
 
Proud to serve with all these!
Pastor Paul