Is There One New Way You Can Help?


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“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…”

St. Paul’s metaphor of the different parts of the body ALL being necessary for its healthy functioning comes to mind when reading today’s passages. This bullet point list may seem unorthodox, but here is what I am still learning about serving Christ in a world filled with so many needs:

  • Our personal call to service
    Each of us is called to be God’s hands, God’s feet, God’s healing word, and God’s change agents. God has given each of us gifts we need to develop and share with others. My own human potential and spiritual growth is linked to service of others. Service is not optional, it is part of healthy stewardship of who God wants us to be. When service seems like a burden, find rest and renewal, but don’t give up; pray, and continue in prayer. This Lent, how is God calling you to think differently about reaching out in service to others? Is there one new way I can help someone in need?
  • Our parish community in service to God’s mission
    Each one of us in our parish family is a part of the body of Christ, and God loves you! We draw on the strength and example of friends, family and those who have gone before us. Ascension is part of the body of Christ and we are called to serve our community. Our collective efforts of service make a difference in people’s lives. Take advantage of opportunities to meet, learn from, grow and pray together. Pray for ways we can grow in service to each other and those in need. This Lent, consider new ways you can be involved in the life of our parish, serving others.

“…whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies — in order that in everything, God may be glorified through Jesus Christ….”

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Exodus 19:3-8
Psalm 15
1 Peter 4:7-11
Matthew 16:24-27

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