The monthly newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee.
From time to time many have pondered acts of Service. We have Service companies for which we pay. We include military Service in our flexible ideas regarding service. In the game of tennis those who serve well will seldom lose. Going to church is often defined as going to a Service conducted by pastors whom we call Servants of God. Civic organizations, much like churches, provide a free Service for their communities. It is not unusual for them to request help from business or political leaders within the framework of a community, or for that matter, a crises on an island or other far-away places. “Well done thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things.” Matthew 25:21 Both Old and New Testaments make a number of references to Service. Answering needs is the prevailing concept. Faith is efficacious. We owe Service to God and our neighbors. Matthew reminds us we cannot Serve both God and mammon. (6:24), and “He that is greatest among you shall be your Servant”. Matthew draws lines in spiritual concrete unlikely to be erased. People of faith are urged to supply Service to those with basic needs. Today we look at this world filled with seven billion souls most of whom have not the basic needs life requires. Such incidents surround us, and exist just down the street. Too often we notice, but turn our head or blame the victim. Organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army answer do answer many needs. Many churches also have Disaster Relief programs which apply Service as rapidly as possible. As individuals we can be overwhelmed the scope of problems which exist in God’s world. It takes a family to help a brother or sister in need.
Service is much more than contributing dollars. It is getting involved with hands, feet, brains, and hearts. Service can be social as well as hands on. Somewhere I read service is a workshop, not a dormitory, for all involved in a common cause. It bears no political stigma. It matters that children need good parents—education elevates communities—able bodied people work—service is done with smiles—goals are high. My son went with a group of volunteers from his church to the gulf coast shortly after hurricane Katrina. We escaped from New Orleans to stay with my son after Katrina. My wife and I went to son Stu’s church while we were in Tennessee during the aftermath of the storm. One of the volunteers told the congregation about one of the men in his group spotting a man sitting on the steps of his battered home. He asked the man if he was alright. Yeah, he said, I’d like to help, but I don’t have any shoes. What size do you wear? He replied size 12. That’s my size too, said the church guy. Here, take mine. I’ve an extra pair in the car. The volunteer leader told this story to the congregation in church after they came home from a week of answering needs on the coast. That same day we witnessed the congregation and visitors in that particular Tennessee church going home in their socks. SERVICE!
Please keep our sick and shut-ins in your prayers: Billie Galloway, Liz Jacobs, Margarette Marsden, Juanita Roberts, Frankie Sims, Jim Victory, Helen Wade, and Jean Webster. Please keep Jean Carlisle, Doris Prince’s sister, in your prayers; Jean suffered a stroke, and though doing better than expected, faces a long rehab.
Carol Andrews is supposed to be coming home soon (at this writing) from the hospital.
The PW have several events in the upcoming weeks that you should note:
There will be a Sunday School Teachers Meeting on August 10th following Worship. On August 17th we will open the new Sunday School year with Rally Day – there will be an assembly at 10:00 followed by refreshments (please donate donuts – D), and the teachers will be commissioned during Worship.
July's "Guess Who?" – Brian Whitlow
August's "Guess Who?"