As part of my duties as your Lay Leader I must represent you at a lot of meetings. Wednesday 17 June, I was at the Finance Committee meeting and the term “obligation” came up. I wondered what the concordance had to say. So I started reading (Thanks Rev. Remp). I found an interesting reference in Numbers 30 verse 2.
“When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.”
Then after some more thinking (I really was paying attention Ray) doesn’t the Reception into the Local Congregation say something that leads all of us to an obligation?
“As members of this Congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your GIFTS, your service, and your witness?”

So if my thought process is correct, as a member of this congregation, I have an obligation to support the church with my prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.The Oath below is one that I recited several times over my career. Many of you also recited the same or a slightly different version.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
So we all get to say we have obligations in many different ways. We have obligations to our families, friends, towns, and our Nation as well as our church. I still like to think of the church as the people within to me that means I have an obligation to you.

So PEOPLE WITHIN, I ask you to think of the obligation you feel within this congregation. Ask God to help all of us to meet, and maybe exceed, our obligations with love for all in Christ’s name.