What a celebration of talent and joy I experienced Saturday night at Resurrection’s Variety Show! I was amazed not only at the wealth of talent displayed, but by the audience participation in the show. People were clapping, shouting, cheering and affirming all who stood on stage. It was truly a community celebration of life and joy. Even the Silent Auction was a noisy buzz of activity and friendly competition.
It was a creative expression of Epiphany, the light coming in the midst of darkness. Perhaps I have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder (perhaps all Minnesotans have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder in January) but I needed a celebration in this snowy winter and the Variety Show provided it. Joy is a hallmark of Jesus’ followers and I felt that this was a brilliant witness to that joy. Thank you to all who made the evening vibrate with holy hilarity!
I am also struck that it was a community event in which a large part of the congregation participated. From children to seniors, from set-up to clean-up, each person gave to the whole. As the body of Christ, we each have different gifts and strengths to add to the work of God in the world. Earlier Saturday morning, a group from Resurrection went to the Disable Veteran Camp on Big Marine Lake to help assemble furniture for new cabins. Though there was not wild cheering or applause, people experienced God’s joy as they helped others in need. It was a celebration of service, which is a key part of the vibrant life in Christ.
I look forward to seeing how Resurrection Lutheran Church will continue to bear witness to Christ’s power in the world. Every congregation is called by God to used its gifts, strengths, abilities, and passion to bring God’s light into a dark world. Every congregation will celebrate and serve in unique ways with its own creative twist. I am so excited to serve among God’s people here.
What creative ways have you seen congregations live out Christ’s mission?