“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”Philippians 1:3-6 CSB
Summer rules… That’s the term I use when communicating with the volunteers that comprise the Worship Ministry here at Redeemer. Here’s the context: I get an email/text from someone on the team, “Hey I was looking at the weeks in June, and with [insert event] and [insert other family coming into town], I don’t have any weekends to [insert sing, slides, play instrument, etc.].” Here comes my response… “Summer rules.”
Living in Marquette is special, there is no doubt about it. This is true all year. But there is something even more special about summers here. I think even our snowbirds can attest to that! We get a solid 5-6 months of Winter, 4-5 months of Spring and Fall, and that doesn’t leave much for true Summer. Even as we just celebrated the Solstice, we are reminded that these long, warm summer days are now waning. And so we should enjoy every moment of this blessed time we are given.
I learned very quickly in the position of managing so many volunteers to rejoice when they are able to serve and rejoice with them when they are able to take time to enjoy life. The truth is, I am incredibly thankful for the team that has come alongside this Worship Ministry. It fills me with joy to see their faithfulness to our Worship. It is that faithfulness that allows each other to enjoy the time away from serving, allowing me to call on another to help fill gaps.
It is this same faithfulness that allowed me to take Nathan to a Cubs baseball game over Father’s Day weekend and celebrate time with a boy who will never be this age again. So this is my “THANK YOU” to my Worship Team. Enjoying that time was precious to me, and I could not have done it without a great team and “Summer rules.”