First Book

Title: "Incidents from the Church Office"
52 Meditations for Support Staff and Volunteers

First Week:

Finding Peace and Joy

 Do not forget all his benefits. Psalm 103:2

Jesus called his disciples to follow him. They didn’t have a clue what they were getting into, just like me when I got my first job in the church. Before my children were born, I worked for the social service agency in our county and had daily exposure to child neglect, seniors struggling to stay in their homes, and single moms trying to live on a welfare check. Years later when the pastor of my church approached me about a part-time job, I figured working in the church would be a cakewalk compared with working in a public agency. This might be a fun job and so peaceful!

It didn’t take long for the honeymoon to end, and I began to wonder if this was the job for me. There was never enough time to finish everything in my in-box and not everyone who called the office wanted to tell me what a great job I was doing. The joy of working for clergy dissipated a bit when I found out he was as human as my own husband, and just as disorganized.

In the first few small churches I served, I fell in love with the volunteers. They showed up and worked hard. Sometimes they brought homemade chocolate chip cookies! I soon realized the joy I found working in the church was from those who already had the peace I’d been looking for.

When serving in the large church, my workweek was full of challenges and surprises. On Friday evenings as I left my office, I’d stop and look at the neatly stacked pile of worship booklets ready for the ushers and always felt a sense of pride and relief! I’d leave the church with Peace and on the drive home, Joy lifted my spirits. By Monday morning, I looked forward to going back to work and doing it all over again.

 Lord, you make all things possible, over and over again,

Note: You will notice that the sentence ends in a comma -- "Don't put a period where God puts a comma." (Gracie Allen) The back side of each meditation is reserved for the reader to journal prayers, thoughts and other stories that may become part of Incidents II. Enjoy!

Gilmark   Gilmark wrote
on 1/9/2010 3:06:37 PM
Good luck on your novel. I hope you are connected with the American Christian Writers. Check it out!

RaymondSpringer   RaymondSpringer wrote
on 9/16/2009 6:47:29 PM
Welcome, Gilmark. I am very happy to see another Christian here. I am working on a very Christian novel titled Angels. You will love it. I am currently one of the finalists in this years contest here on the Cross your fingers and say a prayer for me because there may be some good Christian fiction coming soon. We all have a calling with Christ, some just choose to ignore it. Raymond Springer

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The writing above is the first Meditation in first-person story form from my experiences working in the church office for over twenty years.
A Word from the Writer
The book "Incidents from the Church Office" will be available for purchase December 1, 2009 through -- Every church secretary would be inspired or encouraged by reading these meditations alone or with other staff members to start the week!
Published Date
12/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
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