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Serving for Jesus

by Kari Bahe, Senior Pastor
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Zion is a congregation filled with people who are committed to serving with Jesus.

Each time we gather for worship, we conclude with a statement of who we are and what we do:

“With all we are and with all we do,
we will trust in Jesus, live for Jesus,
And serve with Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We are people who trust Jesus for all things.  Trusting Jesus in all things means that we live knowing, as Julian of Norwich wrote, in 1373, as she was deathly ill:  “all things shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

We live for Jesus.  Living for Jesus means that our ‘why’ in life, which is so popular with self-help gurus, is something we don’t have to go looking for—we already know our why, our what, and how:  Jesus.

And, finally, serving with Jesus is a way of saying that we believe that we are called to be the hands and feet of our Lord today, so that the love of God may be experienced by all.

April is the month we especially give thanks for all we do together as we serve in Jesus’ name. SERVE Weekend is a wonderful invitation to share intentional time with your church family by serving together during the weekend of April 26-28.

SERVE Weekend is the perfect time to try a new way of serving at Zion. Maybe you’ve appreciated the warm, smiling welcome each Sunday morning when you walk through the doors—how about serving as a greeter?  Perhaps you’ve wondered what it would be like to know more about the behind-the-scenes aspects of your church—how about serving as a communion server? How about hosting a coffee fellowship? Simple, but meaningful ways to serve your church family are plentiful. We call our volunteering opportunities shared ministry because that is a more accurate phrase—you aren’t so much volunteering as you are sharing what we do together for the sake of Jesus Christ!

Serving like Jesus is what we are supposed to do as His followers.  But serving is more than “supposed to.” Everyone who gets involved in SERVE Weekend shares a similar experience-summarized in these words of a Zion member last year after SERVE Weekend:  “When I serve, I am the one who gets more out of it than the people I am serving.  I walk away feeling needed, purposeful, and useful. Serve Weekend is one of my very favorite weekends of the year because I am reminded how easy yet important it is to serve. Zion offers so many ways to get involved and to serve. I just love it!”

Come, join in, and enjoy SERVE Weekend together with the rest of your faith family. What an impact we can make when we serve with Jesus together.  Looking forward to seeing you take part in at least one of the many opportunities throughout Serve Weekend.  Together we Trust, Live, and Serve in remarkable ways. I am so grateful to be a part of it with you—
thanks be to God!

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