Musical Notes ♫♬ (Archive)
And because we are participants this would also mean that each note you sing-regardless if you sound like an opera singer, or if you sing off key or even if you only sing in your head-you are actively singing to the Glory of God. Wow! If we take that to the next level that would mean that every thing you do for the church-whether it be quietly putting together the communion before church, passing the peace to a visitor, reading the lessons, lighting the candles, handing out bulletins, praying...from the youngest to the oldest, smallest to the tallest, and from the quietest to the loudest....YOU ARE A PARTICIPANT. It makes me think of the saying that you so often hear in the theater "There are no small parts, only small actors".
The ELCA website (www.elca.org) has a great banner that sums this up perfectly:
This is Christ's Church.
There's a place for you here.
We are a Church because we believe God called us by name.
Come and be blessed.
I look forward to participating with you this Sunday.