Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Small Church/Many Hats
Freedom Friends Church is like any small church in that there are a few people who wear many hats. As clerk of the meeting, I am aware of that, and I have made it one of my stated goals to try to make room for more leadership in the church. But sometimes I end up wearing a lot of those hats myself.
Our pastor, Peggy, and her spouse, Alivia, who regularly leads music, are taking a well-deserved vacation. A few months ago, I offered to lead our semi-programmed worship while they were away. I enjoy leading worship from time to time, both at Freedom Friends and other places, so I was happy to volunteer.
I didn't realize at the time that one of the Sundays would coincide with the wedding of our treasurer's daughter. Understandably, she had other obligations that day, and asked me to pick up any offerings people gave. So this past Sunday, I went to church as clerk/musician/pastor/treasurer.
I am happy to say that all went well. We had nine Friends in attendance—a pretty good size, considering the number of regulars who were otherwise occupied. We sang a few songs, shared our gratitudes and petitions, and had a gathered time of open worship with some lovely vocal ministry. Afterward, we talked for a while, and I remembered to pick up the offerings before locking up the building.
Next week, I will be clerking Ministry and Oversight after meeting, so I have asked Sarah H to lead worship. I am glad that she is willing to do so, and that our worship is structured so that just about anyone in our community can lead it. And I will be very grateful when everyone gets back!