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Posted by griffithd on May 29, 2017 at 7:50 PM

For 22 years our church Trinity Episcopal Solebury has been hosting Lobsterfest. Originally created as a fund raiser for our youth group, it has evolved into a fundraiser for Mission Philadelphia and other outreach efforts of the parish. I have cooked lobsters for 21 of the 22 years the event has been held and have done so with many of the same individuals. Traditions have taken hold, friendships have been created or strengthened, and along the way we have annually produced 800 to 1000 cooked crustaceans aptly known by their scientific name as “Homarus Americanus”. With pride we have never had one sent back.

In heat and cold, rain or shine, we gather, this band of brothers and sisters working alongside another 100 plus volunteers to raise funds for mission. We do this, as many churches do with many of our volunteer efforts, to answer a call to service. Each in our own way and time. As a community of faith we are called by our baptismal covenant to love our neighbors as ourselves and to respect the dignity of every human being. Not just our neighbors in need down the street, but our brothers and sisters in Philadelphia, in Chester, in Darby, and Bristol and a 1000 other communities where there is need.

There is great power in scale. Especially when people of faith come together and focus on a common call to service. In the work I do now, I see the power of scale happen every day. We serve some 2000 individuals annually with a range of programs, which in combination challenge poverty. Our work could not occur unless our 150 employees, hundreds of volunteers and 1000 plus donors and foundations all answer the common call to service, and each of us in our own way focus on the work to bring justice, dignity, community, and impact to our work.

I would like to think that whether it is tending the lobster pots or working alongside the good men and women of Episcopal Community Services our motivation is the same. This call to service, this common work as I have come to understand it, is based on the understanding that the carpenter from Bethlehem showed us the way. Matthew 25: “I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

I love the dismal at the end of service that informs us that the worship has ended, but the service is beginning. I would like to think that at the end of the day that is what a community of faith is all about. At this time in our history, and in this place, there has never been a better time to answer the call. Nor has there been a greater need.

If not us…..who?


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