Worship Companion – March 21 2021

Last week we talked about worship first….
service second. This week we pick up on the second half of that statement as we take a closer look at the spiritual discipline of service.
Service is another one of those disciplines that may seem odd at first. It is so life-encompassing that it is hard to see how it could become a rhythm. Like several of our recent rhythm themes, you cannot put “service” on your day-planner. Instead, service is the sort of discipline that is cultivated in the interruptions to our day-planners. When we help someone even though it interferes with our plans — and especially when it requires sacrifice on our part — we begin to learn what it means to live as a servant. Living as a servant demands a change to our whole being; we must become like Christ, and operate in the power of the Spirit. Which is exactly what we are called to do.
Anchor Texts:
The Theme for Kids:
Here is a great video that depicts the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Jesus is changing their proud hearts by his surprising act of service.

The Theme in Song:
There are so many wonderful renditions of the song known variously as “The Servant Song”/ “Brother, Let me Be your Servant” / “Brother, Sister, Let me help you”. Below I have included a very simple version recording by two friends of mine from Moose Jaw, SK. Enjoy it and take the time to search on YouTube for “Brother Let Me Be Your Servant” and find beautiful choral versions, duets, and more. The message of the song makes it a timeless hymn – the reminder that faith is not merely mental assent, but a way of Life shaped by imitating the Servant King, Jesus.

The Theme in Art:
It is difficult to imagine a more powerful passage of scripture illustrating the call to live as servants than Christ’s example to us on the night he was betrayed. Knowing the burden of the cosmic battle for the souls of mankind would be placed on his shoulders in a matter of hours, he knew one of the most important things he could do with his disciples before he left would be to show them humble and true servitude. These two pictures below highlight different themes from that one event. Compare the number of people and their positions and expressions. Consider the powerful personal moment between Christ and Peter in one, and let the contrast of the bumbling disciples and the purposeful Christ shock you in the other. What do you see?

Title: Christ washing the feet of the disciples Date: ca. 1547 Artist: Tintoretto, Jacopo, 1518-1594

Jesus washes his disciples’ feet – John 13:1-17 – JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa.


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