Working in the Lord’s Vineyard

A discussion with Deaconess Comfort Raji on her duties as an announcer of church activities at Christ Family Assembly Outreach, UK, while working in the Lord’s vineyard. 

Being a worker in the Lord’s vineyard typically refers to someone who actively participates in the work of spreading and practicing their faith, serving God, and ministering to others. 

It implies a commitment to living according to the principles and teachings of their religious beliefs, engaging in acts of service and compassion, and sharing the message of their faith with others. 

It can involve various roles such as preaching, teaching, counselling, volunteering, or any other form of service that contributes to the spiritual growth and well-being of individuals and communities.

When asked, Deaconess Comfort Raji of Christ Family Assembly Outreach, Swanley, Kent in the United Kingdom who, among the other duties and roles she performs in church activities, also reads the announcements in the church, and gave a rundown on what this entails.

She matter of faculty stated, “communication plays an important role in (CFAO) our church Community. It is through announcements that we maintain a sense of unity, ensuring that every member of our church family is aware of the events, ministries and opportunities available to them.”

She said she was “privileged to stand before the church every sunday and share the vital and timely information that keeps our congregation connected and informed.”

She further described her role thus, “the announcements serve as a reminder of our shared mission and purpose as a church. They serve as a call to action, urging us to come together, support one another, and serve our community with love and compassion By keeping you informed about various ministries, events and opportunities for service, we create an environment where each member can find their place and contribute to the greater good.”

She explained that, “the act of sharing announcements in a communal setting reinforces our sense of fellowship and belonging. When we gather together, we not only worship as individuals but also as a unified body of believers. By communicating the happenings within our church, we strengthen our bonds, deepen our connections, and encourage one another to walk together in faith.

She emphasised that, “the act of delivering announcements is not simply a duty to be filled but a sacred privilege. It is an opportunity for me to serve you, the congregation, and to contribute to the growth and vitality of our church family. It is my sincere desire that through these announcements, you feel connected engaged, and inspired to be active participants in our shared journey of faith.

She further encouraged us that, “As we embark on this new season of announcements, let us approach it with gratitude and receptiveness. May we open our hearts to the messages shared, embrace the opportunities presented, and respond with enthusiasm and dedication.

She ended her discourse thanking everyone for their rapt attention, and asking God to bless each and every one of us abundantly.

Ultimately, the joy of working in the Lord’s vineyard comes from the opportunity to serve, grow, and make a positive impact in the lives of others, while deepening our own faith and relationship with God. It is a calling on its own.

In addition to spiritual fulfilment, making a difference, community and fellowship, personal development, and divine favours, working in the Lord’s vineyard gives many additional reasons to be joyful.

You may better connect with your faith, live in accordance with your values, and serve a cause greater than yourself when you are spiritually fulfilled.

You may not realise this but your service, teaching, and the sharing of your faith with others can bring them healing, hope, and encouragement.

While personal growth pushes people to learn new talents, delve deeper into their faith, and nurture virtues like patience, compassion, and humility, community and fellowship promote a sense of companionship and support.

Serving in the Lord’s vineyard also yields divine blessings like spiritual development, answered prayers, and peace.

Finally, the opportunity to serve, develop, and positively influence others while strengthening one’s faith and connection with God is what makes working in the Lord’s vineyard so enjoyable.


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