Here Am I. Send Me!
Jun 15, 2016 by Matt Froehlich
It's here. The heat. The humidity. The hurricanes, or at least the threat thereof. Yes, it's summertime in Houston and it will be until, oh I don't know, October or November. But with the coming of summer comes great opportunities. Opportunities to relax and have fun with family and friends. Opportunities to escape the grind and travel to new places. Opportunities to tackle those projects at work or at home that have been on your list, but you just can't seem to find the time to get to.
Likewise, there is an abundance of opportunities in God's kingdom and at SML itself. "The fields are white and harvests waiting."
Summer is a great time to reconnect with God. The hustle and bustle of the school year can distract both children and parents from being in God's Word. A little down time or a vacation are great times to delve deeper (or back into) the Bible. Vacation Bible School is a perfect opportunity for children to focus on God in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and give mom and dad some of that aforementioned down time. New Bible studies and sermon series at SML are other opportunities to do the same.
Summertime opens up many doors to serve. CityServe and Pastor Scott's M.O.S.T. (Missions, Outreach and Service Team) provide regular avenues to serve your fellow SML members, neighbors and the citizens of Houston. Opportunities abound at SML to serve in and outside of worship. First Impressions (greeting and guest welcoming), Ushering, Tech Team, Music Ministry and other roles provide chances to serve during Worship. Sunday School or Bible Study leading, Peanut Butter Brigade, Helping Hands, and the Church Readiness Team are some of the opportunities outside of worship.
This summer we've also been challenged to step up in our personal giving to SML. God's love and mercy are free. Electricity, water, supplies and full-time employees are not. The pastors, church boards, and voters have worked diligently on this year's budget. With a growing church, school, and efforts to serve our community, financial support is critical. This challenge provides an opportunity to thoughtfully consider and pray about stepping up your contributions.
"Let none hear you idly saying, "There is nothing I can do..." Answer quickly when He calls you,"Here am I. Send me, send me!"