This blog is to add “One More Thing” or two to Sunday’s message. You can’t always say everything in a message, so the blog is designed to expand on the message. If you weren’t in worship, you can watch the message on Middletown UMC’s Facebook page or listen to it on our website at middletownumc.org.
We started a new sermon series this week: The Work of the People. The first sermon emphasized that we were created to work. God in the very beginning commissioned Adam to till and care for the Garden of Eden. The kinds of work we do varies great, while some come with a paycheck others do not. However, some of the most important work we do will not come with a paycheck.
During this sermon series it will tempting to always associate work with what we do to get a paycheck. However, important work will be done by those who do not get paid.
Although we do not consider it work to love and care for our family and friends it is part of the work we do. Grandparents provide a vital work in loving their grandchildren while passing on wisdom to the next generation. Work exist in many different forms all of which have the potential it make a difference in our world.
Middletown UMC and other congregations are filled with people who give sacrificially of their time for no monetary reward. They serve as ushers, or in the music ministry, or help with children or youth. They will teach classes, or care for the homeless, or provide medical care, or give guidance to committees, or go on mission trips. Some of the most important work will accomplished by those who can’t do the physical tasks, but who send cards and most of all pray.
Therefore, as we preach about work over these next few weeks, retirees are to be reminded, you provide a valuable work for Christ and his Church. I am grateful for all those who give of your time for the work of Christ in our congregation. Middletown UMC can only provide our ministries because of all those hours of unpaid work.