Trafalgar Update – 11/11/2020

“This feeling will pass.”  Have you ever told yourself that?

One of my all-time favorite Bible stories is the Calling of Samuel in 1st Samuel 3.  As a young boy, Samuel is dedicated by his mother to the Lord to serve in the Tabernacle at Shiloh, when one night young Samuel is awakened by a voice calling his name.   Thinking the voice was that of Eli (the priest of Shiloh) Samuel goes in to him only to learn that it was not Eli who was calling.  After hearing this call two more times, Eli recognizes something significant is happening. 

He sends Samuel back to bed and tells him if it happens again, Samuel should answer, saying, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Sure enough Samuel hears the call a third time and responds as instructed by Eli… 

But what if he hadn’t?  What if, laying there in the dark, hearing the beckoning voice, Samuel just decided to shut the voice out, and ignore it?  What if he just pulled the covers over his head and told himself he was hearing things to convince himself that it wasn’t real?  I wonder how many more times the Lord would have called?  I wonder if eventually the call would cease?

I sincerely believe the definition of following Christ is having the courage to answer God’s call when it comes.  When God gives us the eyes to see a problem, or right a wrong, or meet a need, or make a difference, do we have the courage to answer?  Or do we ignore it by turning our heads, shutting it out, or convincing ourselves that someone else will take care of it?  If we continually dismiss God’s call and neglect to do the works He’s prepared for us to do, God will still accomplish His purpose, but we will inevitably miss out on the blessing of His presence.

Speak Lord, for your servant is listening…

  • Hanging of the Greens:  Advent is just around the corner and on November 22nd from 11:30-1pm we will decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas!  We will be ordering $5 Box lunches from Wildflower Bakehouse in Nineveh.  Sign up in the church foyer or simply let me know no later than November 18th that you are planning on helping. 
  • Thanksgiving Sermon Series:  November 1st – 22nd I will be preaching a 4-week sermon series entitled, Thankfulness:  Teaching Gratitude in the Land of Plenty
  • TLC:  Trafalgar Leadership Council:  Our TLC is currently looking for additional leadership.  This group focuses attention on ministry related topics such as:  Worship, Outreach, Children, Discipleship, etc…  We also review campus finances and consider facility usage and maintenance.  Since COVID, ministry has changed and we are praying for direction and ways to move forward in these areas.  If you have a heart for ministry and a desire to see Christ’s influence expand in our community, please contact me to discuss where the Lord may be leading you.   travist@mtauburnumc.org 317-965-6644
  • Children’s Ministry:  While we have added a socially distanced Children’s message to each worship service we need to begin thinking of additional ways to reengage our overall ministry to Children.  Be in prayer how you might be a part of this ministry and be willing to take a risk for the cause of Christ. 
  • Community Prayer Meetings:  “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther  The Sanctuary is open to the public every Friday morning at 9:30am.  Join us as we pray for our church, our community, our world, and seek the direction God is leading our ministry.

May God Bless and Keep You this Week!