Sunday, August 28, 2011

SMSAUMC in Ministry

Matthew 10:8 reminds us of the work of the Disciples, as Jesus sent them out to do ministry.

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.”

Matthew 25:34-40 reminds us that the work given to the disciples is not that far from what we have been commissioned to do in the name of Jesus Christ as well.

34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

With these texts in mind, I want to say thank you to the people of St. Andrew UMC, for their faithful witness in ministry throughout Santa Maria, and the world.

Some of the ministries we named during worship on Sunday, July 24th are:
-Afghans for homebound and sick
-Ministry of presence with those who are sick (at home, in the ER or in the hospital)
-Healing the sick; by anointing with oil and prayers, laying on of hands, and through medical practice.
-Welcoming the stranger
-Returning lost sheep to the fold (bringing persons back to the church who have left or been shunned from the church)
-Clothing the naked; direct giving to persons in need of clothes, and through charitable giving with agencies like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities.
-Faithful participation in a prayer group
-Leading a Bible Study
-Offering Hope and Compassion for all persons
-Contributions of time, talents and money to the local animal shelter and the ASPCA
-Feeding the hungry, with meals provided through Meals on Wheels, delivered home-made meals, welcoming friend and stranger to our tables, contributions to the Food Bank and the Food Pantry at SAUMC.
-Reading to kids
-Donations to the Disability Closet, either through SAUMC or the Elks.
-Offering senior counseling services, for taxes, medicare, and support.
-Participation in Youth Education beyond those ministries already attached to SAUMC, like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Academy of Music, Happy Hollow Preschool and Youth Group.
-Charitable gifts to Muscular Dystrophy, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and various other organizations.
-Providing Shelter, by helping others pay for rent, and utilities.

Often we forget these ministries when we think of the ministries of St. Andrew UMC. We need not limit the ministry that St. Andrew UMC engages and enables to those ministries that are housed or sponsored directly through the giving of St. Andrew UMC.

I am grateful for this witness, and the ongoing witness each of you conveys as a result of the work of Jesus Christ in your lives. I am grateful for a church, such as St. Andrew that equips and encourages each of you to go out into the world and be ministers of the Gospel, for the Glory of God.

Thank you,

David Camphouse


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