Dear Friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sundays Service is based upon Philippians 2:1–13:

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

                                  (Philippians 2:1–13, NIV)


To participate in ministry through church work is a calling to service.  It’s a valuing of others before self.  The question is a persistent one, no matter where attention is focused.  When we manage to lift our eyes from our portable devices to grapple with the world at hand, or, even when remaining within an electronic social fabric, to interact with this much wider, wilder, diverse, and digital place, how does one “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…”

Why would someone dare to be a servant, show up to a church at an actual address, or participate through a virtual gathering as a spiritually minded individual?  Why would any new person bother to visit such a place, or space, to exemplify tenderness and compassion, when valuable attention could be focused elsewhere?”


The burden of each servant

multiplied across

the broadening of the church

voices, expresses

the bearing of God’s kingdom.


The nature of God’s word speaking with inflection

merged through many, is a glorious complexion.

The purpose of ministry deals with reflection

shining through a local and world-wide connection.


Rev. Richard Wagner

Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

September 28, 2017