“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (Luke 10:2). This verse, which appears in the Gospel appointed for this Sunday, is the main thing I remember about the sermon delivered at my ordination service. The preacher, speaking to a bunch of newly minted priests, warned us there will always be an abundance of work to do in the church – a plentiful harvest – and there will never seem like enough people to do it – a lack of laborers. Sometimes volunteers in the church are hard to come by.
At Incarnation, we have a committed core of parishioners who volunteer their time and talent across various ministries. Vestry members, Sunday School teachers, small group facilitators, various committees, and the many groups who make worship possible. As you may have learned at last Sunday’s Instructed Eucharist, liturgy is the “work of the people.” It therefore requires a village of volunteers – ushers, lay readers, chalice bearers, altar guild, hospitality committee, and church tour guides.
During the summer, when people have more flexible schedules and the opportunity for travel, the volunteer ranks get spread pretty thin. And while the church also enjoys a slower pace between program years, our worship schedule doesn’t change. If you would like to serve in leadership at any of our Sunday or weekday worship services, please let me know. We could sure use the help!
God is constantly inviting us, calling us, into a deeper relationship, a mystical union and fellowship with Christ and his Body the Church. We are knit into the fabric of Christian community, united to Christ and one another by our baptismal promises.
As we continue to look for ways to connect and serve, “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24). And as we’ll sing in our closing hymn this Sunday, claim the high calling to “come, labor on.”
With gratitude for your commitment to Christ and his Church,