I heard a story one colleague tell about his struggle with laundry during his college years. On occasion he would bring his dirty laundry home to his mom. In the interim, however, he had no choice but to do the wash himself.
Over a period of time, his mother remarked that his clothes appeared to become dingier and dingier. Concerned, she asked her son if he was using proper temperatures and if the load size and water levels were appropriate. He took her advice, but his laundry continued to become even more gray.
Finally, she brought him into the laundry room and asked him to demonstrate how he completed this task. She watched as he separated colors, set the proper wash cycles, and loaded the washer. As he began to walk away, she prompted, “Didn’t you forget the detergent?”
Obvious taken aback he replied,
“Detergent? I thought the machine dispensed that automatically?”
We laugh at that attitude, but we often share it when it comes to the work of the church.
“Give to feed the homeless? Give to support our staff? Give to support mission work? Don’t those things just happen automatically?”
This time of the year is a reminder to the hearts of all that we are called to respond with Abundant Grace to the needs of the world. Do we believe God’s work will be done automatically, or are we willing to put action with our belief?
Potluck Luncheon, November 22 after worship. Come and welcome back our winter friends. Bring your favorite dish to share or try that new recipe!
Thanksgiving Service at DHC Sunday, November 22 at 6:00 pm. Choir Rehearsal will be at 5:30 pm. We will worship with our friends from Celebration of Life Presbyterian Church.
Come and decorate for Advent on Saturday, November 28th at 9:00 am