This week all over the US Church of the Brethren congregations will celebrate Service Sunday. This year’s theme is “Grow” and our theme verse is 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In addition to celebrating the incredible history of service that the Church of the Brethren represents, we will also celebrate the people who continue to serve today. And, as I look outside the pastor’s office at the church it seems that service and growth are all around us. Congregants pitch in to care for our facilities, and care for one another; other folks in the community are able to worship God and the school teaches little ones about loving Jesus; and our camellia bush in the courtyard is in full blossom.
Additionally, we will continue the narrative of God’s salvation history throughout the Old Testament. This Sunday we will meet Rahab, a Canaanite woman who hid two Israelite men when they came to spy on the city of Jericho. Rather than being turned over by Rahab, the spies find refuge in her home and even encouragement. Rahab, an outsider reminds the Israelites of everything their God has done for them, and concludes by saying, “For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below” (Joshua 2:11b). In Rahab we see the service of caring for the stranger, providing hospitality for the vulnerable, and reminding us that when we serve others one of the most important affirmations we can make is that we are actually serving God.
Please join us this Sunday, February 3 at 10:45am in the sanctuary for singing, prayer, scripture and teaching.