“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his lifers a ransom for many.” (NIV)
- Jesus speaking to his disciples as written in Mark 10:42 – 45
We live in a culture that says it’s all about ME. Some people even tell the story of Jesus in this way. He came to save ME so that I could be successful, be happy, have good relationships and go to heaven when I die. That’s true, as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough to encompass what Jesus taught, modeled and called forth from his followers.
The gospel of the Kingdom of God is nothing short of the total transformation of this world, as all things are gathered under the Lordship of Jesus. At the heart of this Kingdom vision is God’s vision for shalom (peace with justice). As followers of Jesus we be believe we are called to jump headfirst into this world, serving others as Jesus did, as co-laborers in this project.
That means, that for followers of Jesus, service isn’t just a project that you do over spring break, or on the weekends, but it’s a way of life. Service touches every area of life, from relationships and family, to community and vocation.
At Metamora Mennonite Church service is at the heart of much of what we do. From running the Open Arms Food Pantry in Metamora, to assisting at the Et Cetera Shop in Eureka, to partnering with 7 sister churches in Colombia, and much more… Our goal at Metamora Mennonite is to create a culture of service where service, as a way of life, is nurtured by the life and practice of the church.