October 30, 2016
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
Ministry Appreciation Month
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
– Colossians 3:23
October is Ministry Appreciation Month. This is a special time to express our appreciation for the ministries God has placed in our churches to bless us. It will surely please our Lord, though, when we remember His faithful servants all year long. Let’s open our ears to hear His voice as we look for ways to bless those who serve us on God’s behalf.
Churches come in all sizes; however, all churches have one thing in common. In each there are hardworking people who are dedicated to keeping the wheels on the wagon. These servants of the Lord teach Religious Education, serve on committees, lead small groups, keep and maintain the building, serve at the Mass, work with the youth, lead worship, tally weekly collections, and so much more. Some of these amazing individuals cover several functions at the same time.
If asked, most church workers would say they do what they do to ensure that the message of Christ goes forward and the needs of the parishioners are met. But even though their work is “unto the Lord,” they richly deserve our gratitude and appreciation.
Thanking those who bring so much to our church experience can be simple and heartfelt…
…Use your words. You might be surprised how powerful a simple “thank you for all you do” can be. “A word spoken at the right time is like fruit of gold set in silver.” -Proverbs 25:11 There are individuals in our church body who assemble the bulletin each week, dust the pews, deliver the Word, sing in the choir, and take up the offering. Use your words to let them know how much you appreciate their work. A thank you might be just the encouragement they need!
…Be there in prayer. Praying for someone, asking God to bless and keep them and meet their needs is the most valuable gift you can give to those who labor for the Lord in your congregation. Prayer adds a supernatural element to your words and actions. It invokes God’s richest provision, protection, and blessings. Praying for our church leaders also makes us more sensitive when they are experiencing discouragement or difficult times.
On Priesthood Sunday, please pray for our priests, praising God for their courage and their generosity. Make your appreciation for your parish priest known. A simple note, a smile or a call to assure him of your care and gratitude for his presence in the life of your church will go a long way to serve the greater good of our wonderful and growing Catholic Church.
Encourage each other and build each other up.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11