29 Jun

Thoughts on Prizegiving Sunday

Taken from the intimation sheet: 29 June 2014

Prizegiving is a great opportunity for us as a church family to give thanks for the children and young people in our fellowship. It’s a chance for us to let them know how much we value them.

We also take the time to thank our leaders who have served so faithfully once again. They take their place amongst the many unsung heroes of the church. Most of that work is done quietly, behind the scenes, without thought of fanfare or reward. (Though Matthew 6 reminds Christians that our heavenly Father will reward us for the good we do in secret.)

We give thanks for all who have again served so faithfully; auxiliary group leaders and helpers, deacons, designers, musicians, technicians, prayer-warriors, pastoral visitors, printers, caterers and cupcake makers, cleaners, fixers, encouragers, disciplers, and any I’ve not included… Well done!

It takes a lot to keep the church’s work and witness flourishing. Thank you for your service, I’m praying you stay encouraged in your work for the Lord, and if you have a rest over the summer – enjoy it!

All of this service helps the work of the church to continue, but sacrificial service also points directly to Jesus Himself. The Lord Jesus is the supreme sacrificial servant:

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45

The Lord Jesus came to serve others

He put the needs of others before his own, he is the Rabbi who stooped to wash the feet of his own followers.

From heaven You came, helpless babe,
entered our world, Your glory veiled,
not to be served but to serve,
and give Your life that we might live.

The Lord Jesus came to give his Life

Jesus “humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2) for us. He took the punishment for all of our sin and guilt upon himself, that we might be forgiven by trusting in Him. He died that we might live. “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53)

There in the garden of tears
my heavy load He chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow was torn,
‘Yet not my will but yours,’ He said.

Come see His hands and His feet,
the scars that speak of sacrifice,
hands that flung stars into space
to cruel nails surrendered.

Let’s pray we keep his always keep his life, death and resurrection our hope, our joy, and our reason for spending ourselves in his service.

This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow Him,
to bring our lives as a daily offering
of worship to the Servant King.

Grace and Peace

Ross