One Thing: Collaboration

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By Pastor Paul Gauche

One Thing I’m Grateful For…

I’m grateful for the gift of collaboration, to be able to “co-labor” with talented people who are always ready to jump into the process of creating more together than any of us could on our own. I recently completed a pandemic project. With all due respect for the serious nature of this current moment in history, a pandemic project is an endeavor that taps into the need for creative expression, physical exertion, and a sense of accomplishment in a challenging time. My pandemic project was building a fire pit; a place where our family can gather outside, be physically distanced while at the same time being fully present with and for one another. Several aspects of the project necessitated collaboration: I needed help with the design, I needed input to determine the right materials, and I needed several tools that I did not own to make the fire pit a beautiful and functional space. I’d have messed it up had I not had help with the math involved to draw it out. I’d have gone broke buying all of the tools necessary to actually construct it had I not had friends with enviable tool collections. When it came time to actually haul blocks of stone and concrete, well, that was my daily workout. I’m grateful that many hands make light work. And better fire pits.

One Thing I’m Learning…

I’ve been learning a great deal about collaboration, that all of us are more effective and stronger together than we are on our own. In the past several months, there’s been an extraordinary amount of collaboration going on at Prince of Peace. Consider our weekly worship services that we enjoy each weekend. I’ve wondered if, by simply tuning in and watching, that it’s possible to fully appreciate the amount of collaboration that goes into creating what we experience together. The process of moving from setting worship themes and finding Biblical texts to researching and writing worship services and sermons, gathering art and rehearsing music, and capturing video is rather daunting. But when it all comes together, like it always does, it all leads to, among other things, gratitude. That’s what the Apostle Paul was getting at when he wrote this to his friends in Philippi: “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Paul was moved to deep gratitude for his dear friends with whom he shared the work (and play) of ministry. I’m moved to gratitude every day for the partnership we all share together at Prince of Peace.

One Devotional Thought or Insight That is Forming or Challenging Me…

When the Apostle Paul wrote to his friends in Philippi and expressed his gratitude for their partnership in ministry, he was in prison. Let’s just pause for a moment and let that sink in. Paul was just over 600 miles away in a prison cell in Rome expressing gratitude for shared ministry with his friends. We know with a certain degree of certainty that Paul was probably chained either to a post or a wall, or quite possibly to a Roman soldier (Just imagine what that was like for the Roman soldier!). I am moved by Paul’s resilience. I am astounded by his ability to focus on gratitude for their shared ministry in the midst of challenge. As we press on through these current challenging times, Paul’s witness is inspiring.  Join me midweek for a deeper dive into this at any of the following links:

https://popmn.org/worship/worship-services/

https://www.facebook.com/popchurch

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaS84qi-3wDrQpeu7UtVm9A/

Paul Gauche is the Pastor of Life Transitions at Prince of Peace. His posts are part of his #100days50words project, where be blogs about a different word each day. You can follow his project on Instagram (@pgauche), or on his blog, Thriving Rhythms.

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