A few weeks ago, I ran into some members of our Chancel Committee Flower Team making the arrangements of flowers for worship. If you’ve never seen the process, here’s how it goes: you get two big buckets of flowers, then it’s up to two or three people to create something out of this pile of flowers. I marveled how this team of women began to create a work of art out of a pile in a bucket. Granted, they started with pretty, but then it became beautiful. It’s amazing what can be done with a vision and knowledge of what you have to work with. They would start with certain flowers to make the background, then move to the front, constantly checking to see if the two arrangements matched. They were meticulous in their attention to detail. If they didn’t have what they needed, they would find another flower that would suit their need. I even got to help by cutting stems and placing a few flowers (with guidance).
What struck me most about my observing this process was these women would get no credit for their work. We don’t list the names of the people who create the art, we list the people who the flowers are in honor of or in memory of. Isn’t that what church should be about? It’s not about us, it’s about who we serve. These women offer an unacknowledged ministry every week for our worship to glorify God and to honor others. Isn’t that what service is about? It’s not about getting credit, it’s about how we can best serve God with what’s in our bucket.
So what’s in your bucket? What beautiful piece of art can you praise God and bless others with?
“Above all, show sincere love to each other, because love brings about the forgiveness of many sins. Offer hospitality to each other without complaining. And serve each other according to the gift each person has received, as good managers of God’s diverse gifts.” 1 Peter 4:8-11