Our church family is preparing for our next permanent, installed Pastor. We have faith in our future. We are open to change and trying new ideas of ministry. Our foundation statement is “Glorifying God – Equipping Disciples – Serving Others”. We are all able to serve in our own special way, whether large or small, it does not matter. First responders prepare for all types of emergencies. Posted at the North Kansas City Fire Station are the words of Dr. Albert Sweitzer, “No higher religion is there than human service.”
As followers of Jesus, we can all serve and help in some way. Usually, when there is a crisis or tragedy, the church people respond and help in some way or fashion. Some people feel like a small pebble lost in the immensity of the Grand Canyon. But no matter how we judge ourselves to be, we can be greatly used by God. In a sermon early in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted Jesus’ words from Mark 10 about servanthood. Then he said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
When Jesus’ disciples quarreled about who would get the places of honor in heaven, he told them “whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many.” One good example of this type of servanthood – No, a great example – can be told about the former Mayor of New York City. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, sometimes presided as judge in night court. In one case, a man was found guilty of stealing a loaf of bread. He pleaded that he had committed that crime to feed his starving family. Said the mayor/judge, “The law is the Law. I must, therefore, fine you $10.” When the man confessed he had no money, the judge took $10 out of his wallet and paid the fine. He also asked each person in the courtroom to contribute $.50 to help the man. As we look at the judge’s compassion, we catch at least a glimpse of God’s measureless grace. The demands of the law were satisfied. The judge himself paid the fine. The lawbreaker was set free and even blessed with an undeserved gift. What a profound picture of our Savior! Your help and ministry is very important as we prepare to call our next permanent, installed Pastor.