Get Down with the Program Preacher!

There is an expression from the street that says, “Get Down with the Program.” Freely interpreted, this means, be a participant and not a spectator, get engaged in the process, do not stand on the corner complaining when you could be in the ballpark as well.

This is true for the people in the pew as well as the pastor. Sometimes, as pastors, we are content to let the Sunday School teachers lead the children, interact with the children and play with the children. The pastor can help the Sunday school by not only assisting with its organization, promotion and marketing, but also in some appropriate ways, through participation. This is also true with virtually almost every other committee in the church, from the men’s ministry to the women’s ministry, visitation ministry, and gardening ministry. I have a feeling that members of the church like to see their pastor involved in what they are doing.

For the last 42 years as an ordained minister, I have found myself participating and supporting church groups in several ways. I try to support every ministry of the church, in some way, shape or form. Yesterday, after Easter Worship Services, one of our church groups sponsored an, “Easter Tea.” The high point of the “Tea” is a “Hat Parade.” Every year, I put on a hat and walk down the aisle with my wife. Most of the people in the “Hat Parade” are women, but I walk with them to let them know that I am not too proud to participate. The photo at the top of this page is me and the hat I wore yesterday in the “Hat Parade.”

So, in my own way, I try to, “Get down with the program” as I strut my stuff! In the 13th chapter of the Book of Hebrews, the Apostle Paul teaches that we should, “Share what you have…”In my own way, I am trying to share what I have so that I might be pleasing to God. Sometimes, it may seem a little silly, but what I am doing is attempting to let the congregation know that I am right there on the ground with them.

Hebrews 13: 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about participation in church activities?
  2. What does this text teach you regarding doing good and sharing?
  3. What is most difficult about sharing with others?

Prayer: God almighty! Help me to do good and not evil. Teach me to share with others, as you have shared so freely with me. Jesus, I want to please you. I give you my sacrifice of faith and lay it upon the altar of your love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Heb 13:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.