We all know them but we don’t. We see them every Sunday. We smile and greet them. We know them as true believers and exemplary Christians. What we may not know is that they move throughout the church and community, serving in many ways and never taking any credit or asking for recognition. They serve joyfully, willingly and continually. We don’t even know all the things that they do. They say yes when they are asked or volunteer where they see a need.
I call them the “Silent Saints.” These folks do not ask for or expect recognition, so it is hard to know who they are. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I usually am when I discover that someone I have known for a long time belongs in this category. These are the people whose service to God and His church are a way of life. There are a few who would come to mind for all of us, but there are many others serving God in this place and in the world outside our walls whom we do not even know.
So many thing in the church are transparent – time goes along, we come to worship and these things just happen. I never thought about how many people are behind it all. When I first came to work at the church I was overwhelmed at the enormous amount of work the pastors and staff do to make everything happen seamlessly. There are also many lay members of the congregation who are an integral part of these seamless operations.
I never thought about how the communion elements actually got to the table or that someone baked the bread. I never knew there were people who coordinated the Christmas decorations or provided the palms for Palm Sunday. I never realized how many people participate in praying for us each week, or how many prepare meals for Kairos and Divorce Care. Who knew that there are three bereavement teams full of hard working volunteers or that we have four wedding coordinators? And what about the building and grounds? I look out the window in my office and see people planting flowers and tending to the weeds. I see people keeping the Memorial Garden swept and trimmed.
I could go on and on. There are so many people doing great work for God’s glory. There are so many people serving God’s people in this place. So I ask, “are you a Silent Saint?” Do you try to say yes when asked to volunteer? Do you sometimes just volunteer because you see a need? I know I could surely do better. I would like to be a silent saint. Not for recognition or “credit” but to please God and serve Him. So I challenge all of us to get out there are serve; to say yes I want to work. Or better yet to volunteer, to say, “use me where you need me!” It can’t be that hard, let’s give it a try
Peace, Blessings and The Light of Christ be Yours