Yesterday’s sermon message was based on the S in our PoWeRSuRGe acronym—which stands for SERVICE. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to follow his example and imitate him by becoming aware of the needs around us, and then stepping up to help in any way we can.
Jesus served others through truly miraculous deeds like healing the sick, the blind, and the lame. He cast demons from those whose lives were under their control. He even raised people from the dead! While we may not be able to accomplish such miracles with just a word or a touch, Jesus calls us to use our God-given gifts, skills and resources to serve those in any kind of need.
For those who are ill, we can visit and listen, provide meals, run errands, provide transportation to appointments, provide child care, run the vacuum cleaner or fold a load of towels. We can pray for healing and recovery—from anywhere and at any time of the day. All of these things and more can help contribute to the wholeness of someone who is suffering.
For those who grieve, the gifts of time and presence are invaluable. You may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but you don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to fix anything. Simply be there to listen or look through photo albums or pass the tissue box. As time passes, continue to remember the grieving person—life goes on all around, but after the loss of a loved one, time may seem to stop. There’s no correct timetable for grief. Continue to pray for and be present in the life of someone whose world has been changed forever.
For those in need, there are many local opportunities to help service agencies/programs which provide food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Your financial gifts are so helpful, as is your hands-on work and participation. COR currently serves Serenity Inns, Bread of Life, the Hartland Food Pantry, Lutheran Social Services, and other organizations which exist to help others.
Maybe your gifts lie in the category of the arts. Offer to share your gifts during worship. Offer to teach others what you know. Visit our homebound and nursing home residents and sing, play, dance. Do what brings you joy.
Perhaps you can fix things. Perhaps you can build things. Perhaps technology doesn’t intimidate you. There are always projects here at church and at the homes of COR friends. Plus, working with others provides a great opportunity for fellowship.
Have you seen someone standing on the fringes of a gathering—at church or elsewhere? Introduce yourself. Invite the person to engage, to join in. Get acquainted and involve others in the conversation.0
I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the possibilities and service opportunities available to us at COR and beyond. How we can serve is limited only by our imaginations.
Jesus’ eyes were always open to notice the needs around him. He was aware of his surroundings and the people near him. He was always ready to serve. Let’s learn to keep our own eyes (hearts and minds, too!) open and aware of the needs that we may be able to meet through our acts of service in Christ’s name.
In Christ’s service,