Pulpit Reflections by Rev. Ed Anderson The month of May brings about many things, including spring cleaning. That's why I found myself cleaning my office last week. Those of you who know me and have seen my church office know that cleaning is something that I don't take lightly (or for that matter, it's something that I don't undertake very often!).
While I was cleaning, I came across a stack of quotes and passages from my reading that I had copied and highlighted. These were things that I obviously saved for some reason, so I took the time to read through them.
One of the quotes I saved came from the book, Faithquakes by the author Leonard Sweet. Here is the quote: "The pastor is not paid to show people the church cares. The pastor's job is not to care for people. The pastor is paid to train the church to care and to make sure the members are caring for people. It is the members of the church who care for people and show the world how much the church cares."
I'm not sure that I totally agree with this statement � after all I do think that part of what I'm called to do is to care for people � but there is a lot of truth in what Sweet is saying. If I as the pastor can do a good job of teaching you to care for others, this certainly brings God's love to people and places far beyond what I can do as one individual Christian.
As pastors we know that the church will remain in the Vermillion community far longer than we will. You are indeed the people who will show the world how much the church cares and through that caring you will show the world how much God cares.
Is this the way God wants us to act? Yesterday we read these words in our congregation from the Gospel according to John: "Jesus said, 'Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.'"
This is God's will for us. Let us show Vermillion just how much God loves and cares for us. Go out and love one another.