A reflection by Vestry member Lisa Brown
On Sunday, November 4, after our combined worship at 9:45 a.m., we will be having a Ministry Fair at 11 a.m. This event will give you a chance to learn about some of the many ways that people at St. Paul’s use their superpowers to be the hands and feet of Christ in our church, in our community, and in our world. And, even better, it’s a chance for you to share your superpowers.
What’s your superpower? What awesome ideas are percolating behind your mask? What tricks have you got up your sleeve or under your cape?
Have you ever thought how you might use these superpowers, these gifts, these skills in… ministry? After all, what is lay ministry – ministry done by people who are not ordained as bishops, priests or deacons – but helping God to save the world? Like superheroes.
In the Book of Common Prayer, lay ministry is defined as representing… “Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.”
There’s a lot of opportunity to be a superhero in that definition.
So again, what are your superpowers – your gifts – and where do you take them? Work? School? Community gatherings? Social networks? Social media?
What are the many, many, many situations in the world that cry out in need of a hero? This list seems so long right now. How can you, with your superpowers, answer that cry?
And what is your place in the life, worship and governance of St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon? How can we support each other when we need to take a break from saving the world, to find ways to center and re-energize one another to go back out into the world once again? And don’t superheroes always have a lair, a den, a home base where they go when they need rejuvenation?
One of the things the membership, vestry, clergy, and staff at St. Paul’s love to do is help people identify their superpowers and find ways to use those gifts in ministry, to our mutual joy and benefit.
But maybe you aren’t sure what your superpower is? Maybe you aren’t sure you even want to be a superhero. (Although, it is common for people to discover that once they start using their superpowers to help others, their personal benefit is even greater).
Even if you’re a little uncertain about the whole superpower thing, won’t you join us for Ministry Fair on Sunday at 11 a.m.? Working together, we can transform our lives, our church, our community, and our world. And help each other become the superheroes God calls us to be.