Clergy Corner – September 28, 2020

CLERGY CORNER by Rev. Jim Dalton

A young boy walked into a drugstore and asked to use the telephone. He asked the operator to give him a certain number: “Hello, Dr. Anderson…do you want to hire a boy to cut the grass and run errands for you? Oh, you already have a boy? Are you completely satisfied with the boy you have? OK then, good-bye, Doctor.” As the boy thanked the druggist, the druggist said: “Just a minute, Son…If you are looking for work, I could use a boy like you.” “Thank you, sir, but I have a job,” the boy replied. “But didn’t I just hear you trying to get a job from Dr. Anderson?” “No, sir,” said the boy, “you see, I’m the boy who is working for Dr. Anderson. I was just checking up on myself.”

Christians should always be examining how we are doing as followers of Christ. It is too bad we do not have a telephone line to call God and check up our ourselves like this little boy did. However, we do have prayer and we have the Holy Spirit to help us listen to God as we meditate and self examination. Is what you are doing in your spiritual life your will or God’s will?

Am I doing all I can during these difficult times in our world, state, and community to support God through my church? Are you doing all you can?
Am I supporting and encouraging the members of my church family?
Am I lifting up my church family in prayer?
Am I working to maintain a positive attitude about my church and our future?
Am I participating in all of my church’s online offerings that I can?
Am I doing all I can to be an active participant of the church while we working to stay safe?

I encourage you to stay positive! Check on each other! Pray for each other! We have so many ways to communicate these days, we need to put them to good use for the glory of God and the health of our church.

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

I know that we are not meeting face-to-face. We are being safe and caring for one-another by not assembling. But we are also providing more opportunities for connecting in worship than we have in the history of St. Stephen’s. In 2019, we have eleven (11) weekday services. To date, in 2020, we have had 182 weekday services on line in addition to our Sunday services. Please participate, comment, speak to each other on line during these services, as so many of you are doing! We can come through this together and be stronger because of what we have endured…TOGETHER!

1 Thessalonians 5:9-12
For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.