By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Think about all the different places where you are a member. Maybe it’s a gym, pool, book club or Moose Lodge. Whether it’s an antique car club, the Scouts or even Costco, odds are good you hold some sort of membership. Why is that? Likely, it’s because you believe you get some benefit from that association. Gym memberships provide better health; Costco provides the ability to purchase a pack of twenty rolls of paper towels at once. Whatever the locale, that membership has benefits.
What about church? Does having membership in a church really matter? You can still come on Sundays, sing the songs, say the prayers and shake hands with the pastors. Is there a reason to join?
Yes! Belonging to a church means you are willing to make both a public as well as personal commitment. It means you take your faith seriously and want to belong to a group of people who share that same commitment.
“Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.” Acts 20:28
Paul’s message to the Ephesian church leaders was clear. You are to watch over each other and lead this church of God. Today, Paul would have the same message for us, as well. The Holy Spirit has brought each of us to this place, and it’s up to us to watch over Trinity and all who enter its doors.
That starts by making a commitment to join this flock, then to seek out the ways God is calling you to act on that commitment. The benefits include fellowship, compassion, support and hope. I hope you’ll talk to Jim, Keith or me about how you can get involved, and how you can officially become a member of the Trinity family.