For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
As Christians, we are called to serve those who are in need. As a church, we are called to care for the hungry, thirsty, naked, stranger, and sick. We see Jesus seek after those who were in the greatest of need and gave them what they needed. Jesus met their physical need. Jesus met their spiritual need. Both are gifts and blessings from God, Both are what the church and all Christians are called to be eager and passionate to share and hand out.
As a church, I believe there is a strong desire to follow this calling from God. For decades we have been a church that finds ways to support and care for those we are in need. As a still new pastor learning and evaluating a congregation, I have always been in awe of the caring aspect of the church. From cans, to baskets, to cards of love, to mission dollars, and individual acts of mercy, Zion has a foundation of serving ‘the least of these my brothers.’ This is something that you all should be proud of as a congregation and as Christians.
One of the first questions of our Vision Process is to reevaluate the needs of our community. What would you say are the major needs of our community? How might we as a congregation meet these needs? This might be a question you have thought of often, or maybe this is the first time you have prayed on this question. Either way, this is a great place to begin our work together, and one I look forward to hearing your thoughts and concerns.
May God continue to bless our vision process. May God bless those who are in need. May we always have in the forefront of our minds how we, as a congregation and as a Christian, can have a Christ-like care for the world and those in need.
Pastor Nathan Grewe