Spirit Fingers!


Confession: I can’t tell the difference between spirit fingers and jazz hands. Both make it impossible for me not to smile. Last night was a spirit fingers kind of night for our Christian Ed committee at church.

I accidentally locked everyone out of the church. When I looked at the clock and realized it was time for the meeting to start and nobody was here, it dawned on me that the door must be locked. Sure enough, the 9 people on the committee were waiting outside. Anytime people wait in a line it creates an atmosphere of anticipation. I felt like a bouncer letting people into a night club. We all bustled inside and took our seats around the table.

Then we talked in the meeting about church stuff– about how to connect people to each other in a true spirit of fellowship. We looked at ways to give youth more meaningful roles in the life of the church. We did the routine business stuff, too, but when the phrase Church Family Reunion came up it became obvious that we are a community of individual people who long to be loved and noticed. We decided to take action.

I think the culture of this congregation is changing. I see signs of life and there’s a little breeze blowing through that has got to be the Spirit guiding us forward. We’re starting to take care of each other and we’re reaching outside our walls to take care of other people. So freaking cool. I never thought a committee meeting could feel like a pep rally but it did.

About SaraBSutter

I serve as the pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield, Iowa. My husband Steve and I are excited to be in a friendly small town and look forward to the years ahead. In addition to nerdy church stuff, I love reading books, writing, good coffee, cats, and football.

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