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Sharon Lutheran Church
1720 S. 20th St. 
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Office: 701-772-3122
Email: office@sharonlutheran.org

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August 2017 Reflections - Pastor Lynn

Dear Friends,

I was able to spend the 4th of July in the cities with my family. It will probably be a surprise to no one, but I also was able to attend the Twins’ game that day! Danny Gladden, a former Twins player who now is a radio announcer for the Twins, spent that game as the “Ball Dude” down the left field foul line, live on the radio. Always a gamer, Danny wanted to be back on the field in the middle of things again, and this was a way he could do that. It was interesting to listen as the game wore on and there were no foul balls for him to retrieve. He began pounding his glove and saying “Come on, hit me one! Hit it over here!” He wanted to be a part of the game, even if it was in foul territory. Sitting on the sidelines is ok, but it’s not the same as being a part of the game.

Sharon is a big church, and it’s easy and sometimes comfortable to “sit on the sidelines” and watch. Back in the 90’s there is what was called “Entertainment Evangelism” where people simply came to worship, sat back and watched (were “entertained”) and then decided if they liked it enough to come back. “Entertain me, and if you do a good job, I’ll come back!”

But being a Christian is not a passive thing. To be a Christian is to be a follower, which means being active, doing something, participating, being involved. It is not sitting on the sidelines watching, or sitting back and being entertained. It is being a part of the work and ministry of the Church.

Participating in ministry is obviously good for the church, for Sharon. We have a stronger ministry when everyone is involved. Our work and our message will be better seen and heard. We can do more when everyone has a part in ministry. But participating in ministry also is good for each one of us. It is through what we do that we grow in faith. As we participate in ministry, we are touched by God, we see God’s presence and feel God’s love. Whether we serve communion or teach or mentor youth or read lessons or serve a meal, we grow in faith, and find that truly, God works through what we do and God’s presence is felt.

Living in faith is not simply attending worship and giving something each week. Living in faith is what we do, how we spend our days. It is hearing God’s call and following instead of sitting on the sidelines and watching. We will be blessed in what we do, and we will grow in faith!

Don’t sit on the sidelines. In baptism you have been called to “Let your light so shine before others that they might see your good works, and give glory to your Father in heaven.” There is a place for you, and a need for you. Be a follower!

In Christ, Pastor Lynn

Last Published: August 1, 2017 11:35 PM