Just yesterday, we gathered together as a parish to celebrate God's Work, Our Hands Sunday. This is a day in which we remember and enact a core belief that the life of faith is not lived out alone without concern for the care of others or the world around us. God calls us to be out in the world to be God's hands, feet, eyes, ears, and hearts for the sake of the world. When we take that Gospel message that proclaims the unending love that God has for us through Jesus Christ life, death, and resurrection, we become God-with-skin-on for others to see.
Trinity Peace dedicated October 2nd this year to be a day where we focused on that aspect of being God's hands in the world. Here's a list of what we did to help out the surrounding community:
- We tied fleece blankets for our local school district that can be used if our community's children ever find themselves outside without their jackets during an emergency.
- We cleaned gutters for people at a few different places in and around Taylor.
- We visited people in nursing homes and senior living facilities.
- We mopped floors, shampooed carpets, swept floors, and washed windows of homes in the area.
- We helped the local library to spruce up the flower garden in front of their space.
- We helped to tend to the plants around the town signs on the highway coming in to Taylor.
It was wonderful to see so many people take some time out of their days to care for the community around us. Huge thanks to Thrivent for helping us with these projects and for providing funds for a meal for everyone on that day! To be a Christian certainly means more than sitting in a pew on a Sunday morning!
Peace, Pastor Ben