“Spectator or Player”

It’s the time of the year when I know we are truly in football season.  People will whisper to me before the start of worship, “You know the Cowboys are kicking off at noon today.”  No everyone is a football fan, but many schedules and lives are impacted by such cultural sporting events.

I find that one of interesting components of being a sports fan is the expertise that they seem to have about a sport many have never played themselves.  We yell at the tv screen telling the professional players what they should have done to make a play or game successful.  We often claim to know more than the coaches about play calls and team strategy against an opponent.  Spectators totally invested in the sport so desperately want their beloved teams to win.

The trick about this whole process is that a spectator cannot impact the game.  Only those on the field can influence the outcome.  Coaches call plays and players run those plays to win the game.  That is why players would rather be in the game than on the sidelines when game time approaches.

The same philosophy can be applied to church life.  Rush Creek, with all its ministries and leaders, have put together a wonderful blend of ways to connect and be involved on the field of faith.  We have worship, education, outreach, wellness, intergenerational, and fellowship.  I want to encourage all of us to be players on the field in our church as we strengthen the witness and life of Christ in and beyond the wall of our church.

We are blessed with so many wonderful people and talents.  The more we invest in our church life together, the broader our impact will be on Rush Creek’s mission.  I also encourage you not only to invest your own life but invite another person to join you in whatever activity you choose to invest in this coming Fall.  Many people increases the energy and influence we have on the lives of those connected to our various ministries.

There are so many ways to find out what is happening at the church: newsletters, weekend updates, bulletin inserts, RCCC Facebook posts, website, and asking others in the church.  There is no better time than the present to move down on the field and play the game.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Dr. Christopher Wilson