This Sunday we find Jesus and some of his disciples in Peter’s house. There, we see Jesus heal Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. Mark tells us, He (Jesus) came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
Serve, the Greek word Mark uses here is sometimes it’s translated “minister / ministry.” The word means much more than a traditional church office. Rather, ministry is work that gives another an advantage. Ministry is more than doing something nice.
Ministry is a decision made within the memory of God’s touch and an act performed inside the meaning-making framework of God’s lifting us. Ministry is handing on an advantage to another in the name of God. Therefore, it’s not something we do solely on our own. It’s Christ’s doing – in us, with us, and through us.
At our 9:30 A.M, Sunday worship, in song, prayer, Word, sermon and Meal, we’ll consider how our ordinary actions, with and for others amidst our ordinary encounters, can keep us living Christ’s love within a changing world.