Dear Friends in Christ,
An ancient story tells of a triumphal feast scheduled in a certain village. To assure that there would be adequate refreshments for the festivities, each villager agreed to pour one bottle of his best wine into a giant cask.
Yet one villager reasoned to himself, “If I fill my bottle with water, the dilution of the wine in the cask will be so slight that no one will notice the difference.” So that was what he proceeded to do.
The day came for the celebration. When the great cask was finally tapped, the townspeople were surprised to find that nothing but water poured forth. Everyone in the village had had the same idea, reasoning, “The bit in my bottle will never be missed!”
The story has a couple of important applications to our life together here at Trinity. Perhaps the most important one is that everyone has a contribution to make to our mission as God’s people and everyone’s contribution is important.
It’s the same idea that the Apostle Paul makes so eloquently in 1 Corinthians 12, when he describes the Church as the “body of Christ.” Every one of us as Christians is a “member”, a part of that body. Yet for the body to be healthy, for it to be able to do what it was meant to do, all of the various parts of it must be alive, awake and active. In the same way, for our congregation to be “all that it can be” under God’s guidance and blessing, we need all of our members to be actively involved — in worship and Bible study, in which we receive the spiritual nourishment for our work together; and in our willingness to use our time, talent and effort to make it happen.
All that is true of any Christian congregation. But it is especially true for our congregation this summer. There will be a lot happening here at Trinity, with our major remodeling efforts, our school’s summer camp program and a Vacation Bible school outreach for our community.
To carry out these activities successfully will demand the participation of all of us. There will be a wide variety of opportunities to serve – at all levels of skill. Everyone can make a contribution and every contribution will be important. Please take a look at your calendar for the coming months and consider how you can help. Don’t think “the bit from my bottle will never be missed.” I believe that success in carrying out this summer’s activities will translate into exciting new possibilities for ministry in the years to come.
May God bless us as we, working together, seek to use his gifts in service to God and our community! Pastor Shimkus