In high School, I won a dance contest . . . but when it comes to dancing, it has been downhill ever since. I have no rhythm!
Being a pastor is like being a dance partner. Sometimes I dance too close in reaching out to those who are not here, and sometimes I dance not close enough and folks feel, no matter how often I reach out, I have ignored them.
So, I realize the challenge I face keeping in touch with folks in the church. You see, we say what Palmetto offers and does so well is “relationships.” Like the bar “Cheers” we do our best to make sure “everyone knows your name.” Of course a pastoral relationship requires more than just “knowing someone’s name.” It means keeping in touch, making an effort to “connect” family members to ministry where they can use their talents and gifts. It means being there for hospital visits and bereavement when there is a loss. It means sending notes of congratulations when there is some achievement, it means saying thank you when they have done something “extra” at church. It means being there for the transitions in life: births, baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals. Sometimes it even means connecting with the extended family of our members.
When you join the church, you recite with the whole congregation our covenant, and the first line says, “We covenant to worship regularly.” We all have to determine what “regularly” means. But if I don’t see you for a while, I am going to reach out.
In terms of dancing they say it “takes two to tango.” If you have been missing in action and the pastor or your elder reaches out to you, let us know how you are doing. Please know that you are missed and we look forward to seeing you soon.
“Let us praise the lord with dancing, and make music to him with tambourine and harp.” Psalm 149:3