Feast and Faith: How We Serve (May 15, 2017)
For this week's dinner discussion we are exploring what it means to serve others. Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then four discussion questions to explore this topic with your family while you eat.
A Prayer attributed to St. Francis, BCP p. 833
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Last week, we talked about our personal identity and how God gives us each unique abilities and talents. Sometimes, people don't know their talents until they're older, and it can be difficult because that person does not know what their purpose is.
Mahatma Gandhi once said “ the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
1. We often think one must figure out their talent first, and then use it to help people.Is it possible to help people and then discover your talent that way? Are both true?
2. We Live in a society that teaches us to fend for ourselves. To make a lot of money, work hard, retire and then grow old. With that mentality, it's easy for us to automatically think “what's in it for me?” when serving others. This doesn't make us bad people, and it's a good question to ask. What does someone gain when they help other people?
3. Can money buy those things?
4. “Helping others” is a slightly vague term. We often think of giving money to people without homes or volunteering at a nonprofit. While these are all amazing things to do, can you think of other ways to help people?