I love to watch the pelicans fly; they seem so choreographed in their flight, each dipping a bit, or soaring upward, or flapping wings in precisely the same sequence and flight pattern. How beautiful they look, working in such harmony and common purpose. I’m reminded of the ideal church congregation, each member working to make use of the gifts God has given, each member aware of the others, and yet personally responsive to God, each member certain that in unison there is sharing and support. Lord, I pray that you make me a church member who works well with others, who recognizes the underlying unity of all of us in Christ, and who seeks to serve with love and gratitude. Amen.