This Sunday we will welcome scouts from Cub Scout Pack 188 to lead us in worship.
Scouts who have previously stood at our lectern and read an announcement or prayer have reported how this experience boosts their confidence for other speaking occasions.
Speaking Words of Wisdom
“Whenever you do something,” a conference leader had said, “be willing to do it poorly.”
I had looked forward to hearing this nationally recognized leader in Christian formation, but her opening sentence confronted my business experience as an engineer. Cost and schedule were negotiable, but quality was how we earned our next sale or convinced the next customer to sign on. Would you willingly drive over a bridge built by an engineer who was willing to do it poorly?
By the end of her lecture I learned that the Church must use different standards for quality than what the world uses. Paul put it this way:
My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power …1 Corinthians 2:4
If our intent is merely a quality performance on Sunday mornings then our singing would be limited to a fully professional choir, the liturgist would be a paid professional speaker, ushers would be carefully selected and rigorously trained, and the pastor would have no other duties than crafting and delivering an inspiring sermon. Even pastoral care would be allocated to a full time professional.
Instead this leader in Christian formation urged that we measure our success by: How many people were involved in a particular event? How many people deepened their connection with God or with one another? How many grew as disciples of Jesus Christ?
On this Scout Sunday, the young Cub Scouts might use their outside voices or speak too softly to be heard. They will have a hard time sitting still. Yet they will be perfect demonstrations of the Holy Spirit and of the power of God.
I will have more to say about 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 9th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Try tasting butter or french fries without salt. Notice how a few grains of salt enhances the flavor of what we eat.
Jesus called Christians the salt of the earth for when we demonstrate the grace of God in our lives we bring out and enhance the gifts of those around us.