Online Worship April 4-5, 2020
Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz
Seth Carruthers, Music Director
St. Lucas Choir & The Raddicks
Scripture for This Week: Psalm 118.19-29; Luke 19.28-40, 45-48
The transformer on an electric train layout works by taking the power coming out of the wall socket and increasing or decreasing the amount of voltage to the necessary level for the trains to run. Church leaders – both formal and informal ones – can have great impact on how anxiety affects a church through their ability to increase or decrease corporate anxiety. Calm, less-anxious, leaders are effective at helping members of the church community manage their own level of anxiety by paying attention to themselves and keeping their own personal anxiety in check. Effective leaders know how to keep the church on a steady course by minimizing the destructive forces of anxiety, so that the emotional system of the congregation functions in a healthy way. All church members/friends need to be invested in supporting transformative leaders – leaders who function as the transformers in our congregation – whether these leaders are formal, like the ones elected at an Annual Meeting; or if they are informal, like the person who keeps a group or a committee chugging along because of who they are, and how they are with others.