Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
As a new member to the Vestry and as the Vestry Liaison to the Pastoral Care Ministry I wanted to fully understand what Pastoral Care truly means and how it is visible at Advent.
Let’s break this down. Pastor is the Latin word for Shepherd. Pastoral Care is a term we apply to a ministry of compassion, encouragement and transformation within our Christian Life. Pastoral Ministry is the ministry of shepherding Gods people which involves tending to the needs of others, providing strength and encouragement.
Our Pastoral Care Ministry has many committees that work towards Advents Mission Making Christ Visible in the Community. These committees are Altar Flower Delivery, Card Ministry, Casserole Committee Singles Group, Grief Support, Visitation, Lay Eucharistic Ministry, Prayer Chain, Prayer Shaw and Funeral Receptions. It takes many Shepherds to serve this Ministry.
When you hear “Whom Shall I send?” Will you answer Send Me?
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Peter 4:1