Service ultimately is about community. Often, even when we are engaged in charity, there is no real community. The poor remain segregated from the warmhearted rich, who dole out some goodness and return to their comfortable lives. Jürgen Moltmann once said that the opposite of poverty is not property, but the opposite of both poverty and property is community. Service can bring rich and poor together in community, for which both are desperately hungry.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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[Jesus said] “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
—Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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