It’s often said that we would get a shock if all the volunteers in church took a week off. We’d come to church and there would be no heating on … no chairs put out … the carpets and toilets would not be clean … maybe we wouldn’t even get as far as church because no minibus driver came to pick us up … no car park attendants to help us park, no PA team so no sound coming through the speakers, nothing on the screen, no lights … no musicians to lead us in worship … and so on!
Today let’s give thanks to God for those who normally never get thanks – for those who serve in the church in quiet ways in the background doing essential jobs.
· Our car park team who are out every Sunday morning in all weathers
· Our minibus drivers who are up early on a Sunday to come to church and pick up a minibus, then driving around the city picking up people for the service and then dropping them back off again before taking the minibus back to church again
· Those who serve in the café and the kitchen preparing drinks and food
· Our cleaning team who clean the church from top to bottom when we’re not looking and we’re not there to thank them
Bless every one of these servant-hearted people, Lord, and reward them with your presence and your grace and favour in their lives, add to them, multiply them many times over, that we will always be a church full of willing servants.