Posted by: Pastor Bob Sugden | August 3, 2011

Today is 25:40 Sunday

What is 25:40 Sunday?

When there are 5 Sundays in a month, we call the 5th Sunday “25:40 Sunday”. In the Gospel of Matthew (Chapter 25 and Verse 40), Jesus told his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me”. (This was in response to their question, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?”)

On the 5th Sunday, we choose to worship the LORD out in our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus. We show the love of God to our neighbors by ministering to their physical needs. If you’d like to join us, we’d love to have you!

This past Sunday (July 31) was our very first 25:40 Sunday.

WOW! What a huge success!!! But that’s not how it looked when the day started. As I was preparing for the day, I wasn’t sure how things would work out. When I got up (very early) on Sunday, the weather looked terrible. We had planned work that would require us to be outside all morning. We had planned to hold a short worship service at the beginning of the morning (also outside). We had planned to work at two locations–Maggie Ross’ home and the Purdy home. The work at the Purdy home couldn’t be done because of the weather. Most of the work at Maggie’s was lawn work. Also not good when the grass is wet.

The work we hoped to accomplish at Maggie’s was:

  • Cut back the willows from the entrance to her driveway
  • Level and seal her house (The foundation of the addition to her home had rotted and collapsed causing the addition to separate from the rest of the house. Last winter, it snowed in her pantry!)
  • Cut down dead trees and split the logs into usable firewood.
  • Rotate and stack her firewood

When I arrived, I and a few others immediately began setting up shelters to give the folks a chance to get out of the rain for breaks. Maggie had a 12’x15′ tarp that we were able to string over her “grotto”. I also borrowed my wife’s 10’x10′ EasyUp canopy. We got the tarp and canopy up and were ready as the first folks arrived. Whew!

Around 10:15am we started the worship service. I had planned to sing, to pray, and then to have a short devotional. Because of my anxiety over the weather and all the work that needed to be done, I panicked and gave up on the singing and praying. I quickly led the folks through the devotional (based on Mark 6:35-44 and Matthew 25:31-40). I really wish I hadn’t panicked. We should have spent time focused on our LORD and what He means to us. Next time, we will spend time in true worship and prayer.

As I said, the day was a complete success. We had 33 people participate. (Our average attendance on a Sunday is 40.) That’s excellent considering we have never tried this before and I wasn’t sure how the people would respond. We even had two people come earlier in the week to work because they couldn’t be there on Sunday! And, the feedback I have received has been excellent. I’ve only had one person object to holding the event on Sunday. Everyone else has said they loved it and want to continue doing this in the future. We even had volunteers from the community come and help out.

Our next 25:40 Sunday will be Oct 30, 2011. Please be in prayer that God would show us where He wants us to minister in our community next. And, may He receive all the glory!

Here are a few pictures of our first 25:40 Sunday:

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Responses

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed working side by side with all ages. One of the coolest aspects of the gathering of the “busy beavers” was that there was a complete absence of complaining, grumbling, or murmurings………..I guess we were the hands and feet of Jesus!!

  2. Wow, Praise the Lord!!! It is awesome to see the Two Rivers Church being Missional in creative God inspired ways of ministering to your community!!


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