8/13/15 – Serving with Joy

It’s going to be a great weekend at Summit! A free, buffet-style breakfast will be served after both services, and we’ll have a special gift for all teachers in our community.

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Help spread the word and invite your friends.

Summit_Kids_HorizontalWe’ll also fully launch our new K-5 environments. Summit Kids is an exciting, all-new experience, that runs for the entire service. (So, check your children in before going to the Auditorium.)

Don’t let your crew miss it!

Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:2-3

I want to let you in on a little secret: I think it’s fun to serve God. I’m not saying that it isn’t hard to serve Him. I’m not saying that it isn’t challenging, or that there aren’t times when it wears you down. An old pastor friend once said the best advice he could give me about pastoring was to remember – that sometimes; sheep bite! Which, is no fun!

However, I am saying that I derive great joy from serving God. And, by serving God, I don’t mean preparing a message, or leading people. I mean being used by God in any way that He would see fit to use me. It’s a great privilege to be called by God and to be able to represent Him. That is not just for pastors.

All believers are called to share the Gospel, to live lives that give Him honor, and to serve Him. If you have discovered this, then you know what I am talking about. There is joy in it! And, when you serve Him, you sense His blessing on you.

Do you recall the movie, Chariots of Fire (1981). I loved it. Among other things, it tells the story of Eric Liddell, a young runner from Scotland who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics. He was also a committed Christian, and struggled with the decision as to whether he should run or whether he should preach. Ultimately, he became a missionary. But in the film, there is a scene in which his sister was leaning on him to abandon his career in running and become a missionary immediately. Liddell responded “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

Do you feel God’s pleasure in what you are doing? Are you living your life well? Are you serving joyfully? If not, then start praying about doing what He has called-and created-you to do.

Heavenly Father, Allow me to serve others with a joyful heart. Bless those who serve others with wisdom, patience, and courage, that they may serve in his name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thanks and blessings,

Pastor Vince

P.S. Every week hundreds of volunteers serve in ministry at Summit. If you’re still looking for your place to serve stop by the new Next Steps area in our lobby. Whether someone is a new guest or has been attending Summit for a while, this is a place to ask questions, get connected and take steps of faith.

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