Grace from Service

Sermon Summary for Sunday, November 26th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Kelley Dial

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In the parable of the sheep and the goats Jesus tells us we will find Him when we look into the eyes of the needy, the stranger, the prisoner.  When we serve them in love we serve Him.  Every week Ascension reaches out to those who need assistance -  not to receive their gratitude, even though it is almost always offered, not to receive fulfillment, although it is unfailingly fulfilling, but because we are called by Jesus to serve others as he served us.  

Some have suggested there should be a sacrament of service.  It is an intriguing thought.  Just as the water of baptism and the bread and wine of the Eucharist provide visible signs of inward grace, those in need are visible signs of the inward grace received from service.  

In these divisive times, it is important to include those from whom we are divided to the list of those who are worthy of service.  "Whenever you draw a line between who's in and who's out, you find Jesus on the other side." As we reach out, it is helpful to remember part of an unattributed quote "There are ways that bear no resemblance to Christ's ways and these ways beg to be opposed, but opposed as Christ would oppose them himself - by offering himself to them, by feeding them, by showing them how God acts.  

May we all be imitators of Christ as we serve.

Thanks, be to God.