"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" Matthew 25:40
Volunteering is about our faith towards bringing it towards action. It is our commitment. It is how we say yes, I love you Lord. Have you ever had a spouse but never gave them a kiss? Have children but never gave them a hug? Have a parent and never gave them a gift? Love is best expressed in action, for words without actions is dead. The church is the body of Christ. Each and every one of us has something that we have talents for. Those who choose to give their time, talents, and treasure, these things the Father in heaven sees. Let work together on making our church better, making the house of the Lord better.
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God’s Word has its own power and can do exactly what God wishes His word to do. But God has chosen to work through human beings to play his song of love to the people. He used Moses, who seemingly had a stuttering problem. He used Jeremiah, who was very reluctant to follow Him. He called Peter, who in his early days, spoke without thinking. He used Paul, who spoke exactly what he thought. Now, he seeks to use you, as a lector, and chooses you to speak to God’s people for Him..”
Lector is more than reading the scriptures. Lector is about proclaiming the Word of God to His people. The Bible is how the Lord directly communicates to us. It teaches us the right thing to do, it shows us God's love, it also tells us the consequences of our actions and how we can repent. Being a Lector is about having a close relationship with the Lord and expressing His love to His people.
The heart of an usher is the heart of a servant, and he does his work for his Lord Jesus. A church usher has a true love for the people of the church and a desire to promote an atmosphere of reverence and worship in the house of God.
At St. Mark's church, an usher's duties usually include greeting people as they arrive for the service, to aid latecomers in finding a seat, and collecting the offering.
Eucharistic ministers are a sign of the fact that they are constantly striving to be of greater service to the church and the world. To be an embodiment of the community’s hope for itself. A Eucharistic minister sets an example as one whose life is governed by the fullness of the Eucharist.
Eucharistic ministers do not stand as perfect examples but as a sign that our struggle to live the Christian life fulfills us. Eucharistic ministers learn to rely on the Lord. For despite our struggles, Eucharistic ministers choose to serve the Lord with their whole mind, body, and soul. Stepping up in front of the congregation saying that I might be a sinner but I want to share the bread and body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us all receive the Eucharist and love the Lord with all our strength.
Being a choir member is not about how good you are now at singing, it is about your desire to sing praises to our Lord Jesus Christ. Eventually, the more you sing, the more you get better at it. The Lord rejoices when people worship Him. Worship is an acknowledgment that God continues to love us, guide us, and blesses us even at the most unfortunate times. What more then, does singing praises to Him?
Being in a choir is not about talent, it is you expressing your love for the Lord. No matter how big or how small, he appreciates everything you give especially if you are giving all you have got. Those who choose to give their talents, even as small as a mustard seed, will see their talents grow as the Lord blesses those who serve Him.
Altar server and Sacristans
Altar servers and sacristans are a vital part of the liturgical ministry. They are vital because altar servers perform not just a functional role but a symbolic role and symbolism is the language of worship. Their actions in the Mass are symbolic of much more than you think and the way they serve can lead people closer to God.