Serving others at St Luke’s
posted on September 15th, 2016
At St Luke’s we believe in serving our fellow human beings.
It is part of our vision statement: “To Love God and to love His own…”. We aim to serve others as much as possible, wherever possible and in any way possible. We believe this is linked to our “productivity” as Christians.[i]
In the vision statement it says “…His own…”. By that we mean all people on earth, since God created and loves all his children. Through the church, God blesses all people.
Recently at St Luke’s we have kicked off an exciting new program which we hope and pray will serve to bless the people around us. This program is creatively titled the “Church Giving Project” – mainly because we could not (yet) think of a better name.
Here’s how the program works:
- Each month, on the 3rd Sunday of the month, our collective giving is donated to a worthy cause.
- That cause may be internal to the church or external: either locally in Roseville or further afield.
- Information about the chosen cause is communicated to the congregation. For example, this coming Sunday we are hosting Jenny Darvas from Mercy Ships who will speak to us about what work they do and what kinds of impacts their (and our) work has in the lives of others.
- The congregation is empowered to make the decisions together, about which causes they feel called to serve.
- We are empowered to follow up on the initial contact and continue to serve these groups in our individual capacities.
We hope this project will have many benefits for the people around us physically and emotionally. We hope to ease some burdens. We hope to help carry our neighbours’ load. But more importantly, we hope that in doing this we will serve to lead people to the ultimate blessing.
There is one who said: “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). Jesus is able to provide the ultimate care, that kind of care which would remove any longing from our hearts. While it is good and right that we ease burdens now, that will only ever be a temporary easing – and our ultimate hope is always that through us, God will be the ultimate and eternal rest of all his people.
We love others, because we were loved first. We serve others, because through God’s love we have been empowered to do so.
Church Giving Project 2017:
- September: Mercy Ships – Guest Speaker: Jenny Darvas
- October: Theological Education in India – Guest Preacher: Rev. Kevin Murray
- November: Allowah Children’s Hospital
- December: One of the above, as decided by congregation