Dear brothers and sisters in Christ –

Just as Jesus came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28), 
     we are called to serve Jesus by serving others.

Christ is our example of servanthood.
     He is our reason for serving.
     He is the One who calls us to serve, equips us to do His will.
     He is the One who forgives our failures to live as servants should.

Our service, when done out of a sense of duty, is a burden.  However, as redeemed children of God, we joyfully serve out of gratitude.  We serve, not as the slave who serves out of fear of punishment, but out of love for our Savior and others.
Service like any other spiritual practice must be practiced!  Sanctification is active righteousness, meaning we must do something.  Servanthood must be practiced.

Most definitely, we practice this in our daily lives as we serve our family and friends.
Most definitely, we practice this in our careers
     as we serve our employer, customers, and co-workers.
Most definitely, we practice this when we as a community serve this community
      at our annual Christ Cares Community Service Sunday.

If you haven’t made plans, plan to join us the first Sunday of June!

Hebrews 10:24 reads, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”  As we do so, we will experience the joy of living lives of service.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Hartwig