6 Ways to Sunday: Service
By Susie Riley
SERVICE: noun / serv·ice
1. the action of helping or doing work for someone.
synonyms: favor, kindness, good turn, helping hand; More assistance, help, aid, offices, mnistrations
2. an act of assistance.
Depending on the dictionary you are using the word "service" can be a noun or verb with up to 20 different uses. I believe the meaning above is best suited for my purposes.
As a young person just beginning to serve, it honestly was not always what I wanted to do. Coming from a family where doing community service was very important, I had little choice. For me my service to our church and in the community has been a discovery of myself. The act of doing for others has helped me evolve and grow in my faith. Through service I feel I have become a member of the community of Christ, not an individual who is out to save the world but a piece of a very large puzzle.
Jesus set the perfect example of how to love and serve those around Him. At baptism, we promise to serve others. We can serve others as Jesus did in many ways, helping family members, sharing the gospel with others, performing simple acts of kindness and giving of ourselves when it is not always easy.
Trinity United Methodist Church attracted me because of their commitment and spiritual connection to service. Jesus taught spiritual maturity is never an end in itself. The journey includes service to others. It is important to practice what we believe in order to avoid spiritual stagnation.
Through my service, I started to see aspects of my life, past and present, somewhat differently and with a much greater sense of understanding and gratitude. Trinity is blessed to have such a service oriented congregation and I feel grateful to be one small part of that!