Helen's Article




Are you being served?!

When most of us are snuggling under our duvets, dedicated disciples of Jesus are venturing out onto the streets of villages, towns and cities, to serve those who may find themselves in need of help. Street Pastors, and other similar groups, make themselves available to younger people in particular, who may be vulnerable, lonely or afraid after a night out that has not ended as they would have hoped.

        Service is a hallmark of discipleship. It is a Christ like way of living. Jesus himself pointed out that he came ‘not to be served, but to serve.’

 There is to be a royal wedding later this month. Christian marriage has service at its heart. In the wedding service, the minister, priest or pastor may bless the couple, pray for them, declare that in the eyes of God and of the people they are married, but it is the promises that the couple make to each other which establish the marriage…

     “I (name) take you (name) to be my wedded wife / husband,

for better, for worse,

for richer, for poorer,

in sickness and in health

to love and to cherish

from this day forward,

With my body I honour you,

All that I am I give to you

And all that I have I share with you

Within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit”

The early disciples lived together in community, with all the challenges this brought, but they did not just serve one another; service spilt out onto the streets in acts of kindness and healing. True service is side by side. It is reciprocal, it is mutual; we need to be open to receive it as well as offering it.

But what happens when we run out of love, or resources to go on? The writer of Ecclesiastes in the Bible tells us ‘a cord of three strands is not quickly broken’. In Christian marriage or community, there is a third strand, a third person in the relationship. This is Jesus, who nourishes the relationship from its core, the invisible strand who turns the twofold strand of human relationship into a strong threefold cord.

Rev Dr Helen Hooley. 


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