A moment of honesty: If you would have told me fifteen years ago that I would link arms with the local Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, or Nazarene churches to forge a community ministry serving the needs of the Gahanna community, I would have snickered first, then imagined all the reasons why it wasn’t possible. Our theological issues would divide. Our social or political leanings would be all across the spectrum.
But, something changed in my heart and developed in the common heart of the local congregational leaders. We discovered this: Service unites!
I/we began to imagine a local community that reflected the nature and character of Jesus’ life.
“The greatest among you is the one who serves.”
“I came not to be served but to serve and give my life as a ransom for all.”
“This is my command: Love each other as I have first loved you.”
“When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was naked you clothed me…”
My friend, Kathie Nycklemoe, the author of the Service week in our Engage devotional said it this way, “True service is much more than something we do—it is who we are created to be. It is more than an activity, it is a way of life.”
When that begins to happen, the other issues (theological, political, etc) give way and a bond of unity is formed. Service unites.
This month at Peace we are collecting money for GRIN (Gahanna Residents in Need) so that we can hire a part-time executive director. Along with eleven active congregations and other civic organizations, we want to honor the call to serve our neighbors. Loving our Neighbors—Together.
I’ve been increasingly compelled by the vision of a God who came to serve without condition. I’ve been increasingly humbled by the generosity of spirit and resources that so many of you have already exhibited.
In the end, this is not just something we do, it’s who we are!
It’s Monday. How will your community, your world be better because you are there? Peace. Kai