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It’s always ‘Somebody Else’

 

There was a funeral at church this week, and not only at Immanuel Lutheran, but at other churches, too. Not only did our community have this experience, it happened at many institutions throughout this state. It was the passing of “Else” Heck, the world itself probably had to incur “Somebody Else’s” death. Regardless of where the loss ocurred one probably wonders, “What Now”?

Somebody’s departure creates a huge vacancy that is difficult to replace. For as long as we might remember, “Somebody Else” has been willing to do what nobody else has volunteered to do. Most often there are good excuses, like the children need to be watched, there are jobs to attend, we have places or people to visit, a meeting must be attended to, a team not involving church is beckoning, etc., etc. We find we are way too busy and besides, “Somebody Else” will do it.

“Somebody Else” was a wonderful person, but an individual can only do so much. In fact, we probably expected “Somebody Else” to do more than we should have. But now that the funeral has been experienced, what now? “Else” left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to take a chance to be second- guessed, criticized, and in general, do the ministry no one else will do?

You know, I think “Somebody’s” greatest gift was in the area of evangelism. After all, nobody but Nobody wants to discuss financial gifts to the church. And with all the “unsaved and uninformed” in our community why should we muster up the courage to share the gospel message? We all know that’s a job for “Somebody Else.” It’s a good thing God gave us grace (that is for all who believe) as a gift, not just for “Somebody Else.”

Perhaps now that we realize our loss some of us will step forward to do work that is church-oriented and vital to the ministry. How about you? Are you involved as God has suggested us to be? Romans 12: 1-2 “Therefore, I urge you brother, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God --This is your spiritual act of worship.”

Church is at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and refreshments for all follow the early service at 9 a.m. in the parish hall. Sunday School for everyone is at 9:15 a.m. Be Safe!

 
 
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