I know, you were expecting something like that above. But I'm here today to pay tribute to another group of Knights. Men of no lesser stature, are these who eschew the chain mail of their earlier peers in favor of T-shirts and short pants. Who leave halberd and great swords to the past and pick up swing blade and weed wacker in defense of the realm.
I give you the Knights of the Round Mower.
Seriously though, there are things at churches that no one notices until it doesn't get done. And then if it is done, no one ever gives a thought to who might have done it. Well, I can tell you that having knee high bahia grass swaying in the breeze on Sunday morning can really make a church look like no one cares, even if it is filled with caring people who love Jesus and their church. So when I happen to run up to the church on Saturday and see that someone - a Knight of the Round Mower - has done their work and made the grounds look great - I give thanks to God for them.
Friends, it's what happens in smaller churches all over the world. People who just want to serve God and love their church get out in the heat, giving up their leisure time to do what they can to make sure everything is as good as it can be so that members and visitors can focus on Jesus. At New Hope we have one who works on the mowers and other lawn equipment to make sure the rest of the "Knights" can serve and several others who do the work. Men, if you are reading this - thank you.
The rest of you, if you want to be a part of a group of people who love God, love each other, and want to make a difference - come see us at New Hope.