Living on Main Street -- Dr. Robert Richardson
The school bells have sounded. The refs have blown the whistle to start a new season of football. The leaves are being prepped for the Master Artist to lavishly splash them with all the splendor of Fall. The bells, whistles, and fading colors are all reminders prompting millions of Americans to make one last mad dash for a little more vacation before the long Fall routine sets in.
In the midst of this flurry of activity welcoming us inside the archway of Fall, Labor Day must be around somewhere. It is just around the corner - next Monday.
The focus of this special day is on main street. Attention is given to those who power the functions of construction, manufacturing, transportation, education, and public service, among others.
It is appropriate for the church to give attention to those who make up the main streets of our society. At the same time, I want to make sure that we not forget the main streets of our church.
By this, I am thinking of hundreds of our members who fulfill important responsibilities in our church, but some accomplishments never grace the podium of our sanctuary nor the agenda of the church council. Included are dozens of our shut-in members, for example, who are physically unable to attend any longer, yet they will pick up the phone and call in a friend who is ill and needs the ministry and prayers of the church. These members live on main street.
Or I think of countless unknown members who again are unable to attend, but will make sure that they help underwrite the Church’s ministry through the church budget. These members, too, live on main street.
Sometimes we know when important ministries are being done. However, we may never know of a phone call of comfort, a card of sympathy, a birthday gift to another member, a casserole to one in need, or get-well cards to the sick. These ministries are very important. These members are living on main street.
From the greeters to the ushers, committee members, committee leaders, to the teachers, organizers, and participants in the life of First Baptist, we salute your service and thank you for your invaluable contribution to the Kingdom of God in this place.