Every Sunday is a busy experience with me running a thousand different directions. I wish I could be more relaxed and stroll through the crowd talking with each person. The reality is that I move quickly from person to person trying to accomplish a dozen things. Because of my distracted nature on Sunday morning, I often forget to say some stuff I wanted to tell you.
1. “I am glad you are a part of this Church.” I am so happy that you gave us here at the Church a little bit of your time. Out of all the things you could have been doing, you chose to be with us. Out of all the Churches in the area, you opted to be at ours. I am so glad you came here and spent your time with us.
2. “Thank you for your service.” I know that I never say, “thank you” enough. Thank you for greeting, leading worship, teaching children, working in the nursery, or doing one of dozens of jobs every Sunday morning. I know you are serving the Lord and not me, but I am thankful for your willingness to do every little task. Thanks for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed.
3. “I appreciate you.” You have a unique story, knowledge, and experience that you bring to our group of believers. You have your own viewpoint and opinion on topics that challenge and encourage me. I feel so grateful to know you.
4. “Thanks for caring about me as a person.” The majority of individuals see the pastor like another public servant. We are here to marry, bury and counsel when things get really bad. You treat me differently. You treat me like a real person with emotions. Asking about my wife and kids and listening to my answer is one of the nicest things anyone could do for me. Talking to me about things that are not Church related makes me feel joy in a different and meaningful way. Thanks for being more than a name and a face to me.
5. “I thank God for you.” I mean this with all honesty. You have been an enormous blessing to my life. You have made my walk with Jesus more fulfilling. You have helped, served, given and loved as only another believer can do. When I hit my knees in prayer, I always thank God for bringing you into my life.
I know there is so much more to say. I would like to tell you in person, but I will probably get busy and forget. So for now, I hope these words are a blessing to your life as much as you have been a blessing to me.