"How can we help you?" A pastor asked the principal of a local elementary school. "What do you mean?" the principal quizzically asked. "How can we uplift your work here at school?" After a long silence, the principal told him that they needed men to help with crowd control at recess. The school at this time had at least 200 fights a month. However, after a few weeks, all fights were almost gone after 10-15 men helped each day at recess.
Is this our calling as a church? Where is Word and Sacrament ministry? Where is the worship service? Where is the Bible study room? Where is the organ? One part of being a missional church is realizing that God is at work in the world and we are to join in His mission. God is working outside of our walls and people are needing to realize that these blessings are not from us, but from God!
One great thing about this story is that children would ask almost daily, "Why are you doing this?" And the men would proclaim, "Because God loves me so much."
This is a small example of how we can be missional in our community and obviously direct people to the liturgy, the Word, and the Sacrament. Other examples to come.