For the last year and a half I have been wondering what my place is within the church. Changing churches has made the question even more pronounced. While I knew people at New church, they had no real idea about my gifts or talents. They welcomed me in, and I have enjoyed being a pew "sitter".
Friday afternoon I was thinking about the weekend and the thought ran through my head, "On Sunday I am sitting in the balcony at church." Most Sunday's Yo Momma and I sit on the comfy but creaky chairs on the main floor. Yo Momma is an extrovert and she likes the interaction with people. I am definitely an introvert and I like to hide. Yo Momma has been out of town, so the balcony was beckoning.
Then the phone rang.
A couple of weeks ago the phone rang at 3:30pm on Saturday. On the other end was the piano player for the first service...the guitar player and leader was sick, could I fill in? It was either say yes or don't go to church (that Sunday was a combined service.) I said yes.
Friday afternoon was at least 24 hours more notice than the time. So much for sitting in balcony.
After church (everything went well) I was talking with someone about the opportunities for ministry that we either ignore or follow God's leading. I suddenly realized this is my ministry, for the moment. I am the back-up worship leader. Most Sunday's I will sit in the pews and participate from there. Every once in a while, though, I will respond to the last minute call or even those a couple weeks with advance notice.
My ministry is to be a support to those in the spotlight all the time, to give them a week off every so often and to fill in at the last minute when life happens.
So in two weeks I will fill in for the first service and two weeks after that I will fill in at the church around the corner and after that, well I will just wait and see where I am asked to go next.
Just call me the worship leader substitute.