Yesterday I was in a meeting and we talking about Synod Assembly (the BIG annual joint congregations church meeting). When we were trying to figure out how to include more young people in the meeting, someone mentioned "the boring parts". I retorted, "You mean the part where we're doing the work of the church?" Someone later said, "What did you call it 'the work of the Lord'?" I said, "No, the work of the Lord and the work of the church sometimes overlap, but are not interchangeable." Work of the church: stewardship (care of) financial, spiritual, physical and emotional resources. Work of the Lord: care of neighbor and fulfilling the Great Commission (not necessarily simultaneously). Yes, church meetings can have slow parts. Not everyone is interested in or understands budget discussions. Not everyone comprehends the, sometimes, technical wording of resolutions or the use of shibboleths to show who's in and who'