Feast and Faith: Serving Others and Our Community, Ages 11-18 (11/5/17)
For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about what it means to serve others and our community. Jesus calls his followers to serve others with patience, humility, and true compassion but how do we do that in a world that appreciates power, wealth, and beauty.
Prayer - Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister 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, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer for Social Service)
Discussion – We like getting approval from others. It feels good to do well in a game, hear the applause of the audience after a band concert, or have a teacher tell us we did well on a test. These are all good things to do well in, but we are reminded in Matthew 23:1-12 that we need to do things for the right reason. Here we see the example of the Pharisees who try to impress others with how smart and important they are.
- From these verses, what do you think is Jesus’ attitude toward serving others?
- Where do you see that attitude lived out in our church?
- What do you think Jesus would say to us about the ways in which we help others?
- Why is it important to help others?
- What is a way that we can serve others at school?
Final nugget – Our goals can’t revolve around impressing people with our accomplishments. When we help someone, we should not expect thanks or praise, but rather we should be thankful that we could help. We need to remember that it is enough to know that we have tried to do our best and that we are always learning and growing as people and as Christians. Being true to ourselves and honoring God – doing things for the right reason rather than doing or saying things to impress others will help us develop a humble spirit.