September 4, 2018

It’s always fun to listen to a message on a Sunday morning that affirms all God has been speaking into your life. That happened for me this Sunday. Lately I’ve been reminded about the crucial roles being involved in the local church, serving, and building community play in my life. Pastor Dylan’s message was about these three aspects of our church: worshiping together, working together, and walking together.

It’s important to show up and do more than go through the motions with singing, sitting through the sermon, saying hello to a few people, and crossing “church” off your list. It is so easy to get in a rut of only coming to church out of habit, or, on the flipside, only attending church when it is convenient – you just happen to wake up in time, you don’t have anything else going on that day, etc. My family and I have fallen in to that routine before.

Worshiping God, really worshiping Him, for who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do, is such a privilege. The fact we can come together as a body and openly praise the Lord is something we cannot take for granted.

Additionally, our church needs us to serve. Whether it is holding babies in the nursery, greeting people as they come through the doors, or making coffee, it all counts and matters.

Building relationships with the people I worship and serve with is one of the best things about church. These are the people I can trust to do life with, who are of the same mind, body, and Spirit. These are the people who can encourage me, cry with me and celebrate with me. They can be there for you, too.

“Nobody is a whole team . . . We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands we’re not. To make this thing called life work, we gotta lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace and rely . . . Since none of us is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, super-capable, all-powerful hotshot, let’s quit acting like we are. Life’s lonely enough without our playing that silly role. The game is over. Let’s link up.” – John C. Maxwell

Dylan Robinson - September 2, 2018

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Austyn McAnarney

Austyn is a literature and creative writing student at Missouri State. If she’s not chasing her toddler around, you can find her with a good book and something warm to drink.

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