Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Work As Worship

God is good.

Here at Covenant Heights, we have the privilege of being engaged in year-round ministry, outreach, service, & worship. People come to our grounds every day of the year- to attend a retreat, host their own event, participate in Outdoor Education courses, be a summer camper, deliver mail, ask to use the phone, and for so many other purposes.

But our God has a greater aim for each of our lives and days than we may initially see in the physical tasks & purposes, and we at The Heights are so grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Him in this, as we create space for encounters with Christ, have conversations that encourage growth, provide services that bless, and participate in the lives of all who enter camp's sphere.

One of my favorite weekends of the year, where we get to see Christ's Bride truly live out our calling, is our Work & Worship Weekend.

Our annual May weekend is an amazing opportunity to interact with other believers, utilize time & skills for the enhancement of Kingdom work, and experience growth & encouragement in our own walks with the Lord. To me, it often feels like a microcosm of the Christian walk & purpose, as His people gather together for a common goal, worshipping Him through work, fellowship, and sacrificial service. It is a mix of imperfect people serving through various jobs & efforts the bigger purpose of His work and loving on each other in many ways.

During our 2016 Work & Worship Weekend, I was reminded of the overwhelmingly-miraculous nature of how that in all that we do, we a part of eternal consequences, effecting others' lives forever.

In all that we do, we are a part of eternal consequences, effecting others' lives forever.

While we moved rocks, dug ditches, insulated buildings, and worked on so many other projects, we set the stage for interactions of counselors with their campers, mentors with younger staff, camp personnel with delivery men, and more. The beautiful depth is that while we were setting the stage for these future moments of ministry, we were also doing our own Kingdom work- both in the physical service and in the interactions with others we had while working that weekend.

Our theme of the 2016 Work & Worship Weekend came out of our speaker's welcome sermon:

"May we hear what You have for us and quickly act on it"

I believe the collection of His people who gathered to serve that weekend lived this out with abandon. I saw families travel to camp with the pure intent of serving outside of themselves (even on one couple's anniversary), a man stop his busy task to help a challenged young boy put his shoe back on with dignity, a father pour into his adult daughters with intentional time & conversations, a skilled laborer taking time to teach young men how to do a task well and with full effort, and so many others live out their love for God by helping others & building into His Kingdom.

My prayer is that, in and with Him (for what has value or fulfillment without Him!), each of us in continuing to live this out, in our daily service, in our relationships, through our work, and in all aspects of our lives. There is more to be done in His Kingdom, and we are called to "make the best use of [our] time" (Ephesians 5:16). Our earthly lives are but "a mist that appears for a little time and vanishes" (James 4:14), but the mark we make on eternity can be broad.

May your heart be afire for the movement of God in your life, community, and world. May you serve Him whole-heartedly in whatever ways He calls you.

If you would like to join us for a weekend of Work & Worship, where you can build into His work and grow closer to Him, check out our website and ask us any questions. And please pray for this year's weekend- for safety of workers, cooperative weather, supplies to arrive, equipment to work, productivity to happen, hearts to be bent on serving Him & preparing the way for others' eternal appointments, good conversations, deepening of relationships with & understanding of Christ, and all that God has for us to partner with Him in.

May you worship God in your day today, in all of the wonderful ways He has created for us to worship Him.

For He is Good.

Jessica Drogowski
director of marketing

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