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  • 1. TIP  Values  Formation:  Service   Rev.  Michael  J.  Fast   7  Sept  2010  Who  am  I?  What  right  do  I  have  to  speak  on  this  topic?   -­‐Projects  in  Canada     -­‐Sell  hotdogs  for  Food  Bank     -­‐Give  free  pies  to  our  community   -­‐Projects  in  Vietnam     –Cows  Dispersal  Program   -­‐Toilets  for  Tam  Ky   -­‐CRs  for  the  poor   -­‐Projects  in  Philippines     -­‐Free  Medical-­‐Dental  Missions     -­‐Typhoon  Ondoy  Relief  What  is  Service?   New  Oxford  American  Dictionary   service  |ˈsəәrvis|   1  the  action  of  helping  or  doing  work  for   someone:  millions  are  involved  in  voluntary   service.   2  a  system  supplying  a  public  need  such  as  transport,  communications,  or  utilities   such  as  electricity  and  water:  a  regular  bus  service.   3   a   ceremony   of   religious   worship   according   to   a   prescribed   form;   the   prescribed   form  for  such  a  ceremony:  a  funeral  service.   4  [with  adj.]  a  set  of  matching  dishes  and  utensils  used  for  serving  a  particular  meal:   a  dinner  service.   5  (in  tennis  and  other  racket  sports)  the  action  or  right  of  serving  to  begin  play.   6  the  formal  delivery  of  a  legal  document  such  as  a  writ  or  summons.  Which  “Service”  are  we  talking  about?  Jesus  is  the  ultimate  human.  Learn  from  him.       Nowhere  will  you  find  someone  who  doesn’t  like  Jesus.  People  may  not  follow  him  but   all   respect   him   –   from   all   religions.   Jose   Rizal,   Ghandi,   Muhammed,   and   of   course   the  Bible.  Someone  asked  Jesus  the  same  question:  
  • 2. Mark  12:29-­‐31  –  Jesus  answered,  "The  most  important  is,  Listen,  Israel,  the  Lord  our  God  is  the  only  Lord.  So  love  the  Lord  your  God  with  all  your  heart,  with  all  your  soul,  with  all  your  mind,  and  with  all  your  strength.  The  second  most  important  commandment  is  this:  Love  your  neighbor  as  you  love  yourself.  No  other  commandment  is  greater  than  these."  What  does  Jesus  have  to  tell  us  about  Service?  Matthew   20:26-­‐28   –   Whoever   wants   to   become   great   among   you   will   be   your   servant.  Whoever  wants  to  be  most  important  among  you  will  be  your  slave.  Its  the  same  way  with  the  Son  of  Man.  He  didnt  come  so  that  others  could  serve  him.  He  came  to  serve  and  to  give  his  life  as  a  ransom  for  many  people."  Jesus’  statements  show  us  that  service  is  central  to  what  it  means  to  be  human.  As  a  core  component  of  the  Good  News,  service  is  not  an  option  but  an  essential  part  of  Jesus’  plan  for  human  activity.  Service  reaches  out  to  all  people,  who  are  created  in  God’s  image.  While  service  begins  as  unconditional   service   to   the   neighbor   in   need,   it   leads   inevitably   to   social   change   that  restores,  reforms  and  transforms.  Key  Questions:   1. Who  can  I  serve?   a. Normal  for  us  to  serve  our  families   b. Normal  to  serve  our  country   c. Normal  to  serve  our  kababayan   d. But  for  Jesus  is  it  also  normal  to  serve  our  enemies!   e. Of  course  we  also  must  serve  God.   i. It  is  only  through  serving  God  that  we  can  truly  serve  others.   2. Why  should  I  serve?   a. For   Jesus,   powerlessness   &   humility   defines   his   interaction   with   the   world.   What  do  the  following  tell  us  about  service?   i. born  as  a  baby,  to  a  poor  family,  a  simple  labourer,  walking  wherever   he  goes,  eventually  dying  on  a  cross   ii. (this  is  not  to  deny  his  power  as  God  but  for  some  reason  Jesus  felt  it   was  best  to  express  who  God  is  through  humility!)   3. Where  can  I  serve?   a. In  my  day-­‐to-­‐day  life   i. Bubble  Chart  #1  –  where  am  I  connected  (basis  for  first  part  of  group   assignment  below)   b. In  my  groups   i. Bubble  Chart  #2  –  Barkada,  Frat,  Org,  School,  Church,  Family,  atbp.   4. How  can  I  serve?  What  does  service  look  like?   a. Personal:  Parents,  School,  Church,  Org.,  daily  life   i. Studying  is  service  to  parents,  teachers  and  God  
  • 3. b. Corporate:  our  group  (barkada,  org,  church,  class,  etc.)  2  Kinds  of  Service:   1. In  my  day-­‐to-­‐day  life:  All  people  are  called  to  live  out  service  through  what  they  do   and   how   they   live   in   their   daily   lives   in   the   world.   This   is   the   first   and   most   fundamental  expression  of  service.   2. In   my   groups:   More   organized   expressions   of   service   occur   at   the   group   level,   as   well  as  through  those  who  are  specifically  set  apart  for  Service.   a. Church,  school,  organizations,  atbp.  Service  Advice:   1. Be  Powerless.  Don’t  be  the  expert  that  is  needed.  Find   out  how  you  can  be  served  as   you  serve.   a. Service   is   more   than   the   strong   serving   the   weak,   which   can   lead   to   paternalistic  assumptions  and  practices,  and  imply  that  some  groups/people   are   unable   to   engage   in   service   because   of   their   lack   of   resources   or   expertise.  We  challenge  this  assumption.   b. Example:  Medical  Mission.  Why  so  often  are  the  clients  so  demanding  and  the   servers  so  nainis  with  them.  Could  it  be  that  the  servers  set  themselves  up  as   the  “experts”  and  the  receivers  as  the  “needy.”  We  need  to  recognise  that  we   all  have  needs.     2. Service  changes  our  perspective.   a. The  mutual  sharing  inherent  in  the  communion  of  the  church  can  transform   the   unjust   power   relations   that   often   are   present   in   service   work,   such   as   between  “wealthy  givers”  and  “poor  recipients.”  In  service,  those  served  and   those  serving  are  both  transformed.  Group  Assignment:   1. Bubble  chart  to  determine  who  is  nearby.   2. Brainstorm  ideas  on  how  to  serve  #1  &  #2.   3. Chose  2  and  do  them.   4. How  can  we  serve  these  people  (even  if  we  are  powerless)?  Service  Examples:   1. Someone  Really  Rich:  Rich  Texan  and  trailer  park   2. Someone  Really  Poor:  Mother  Theresa  “Just  let  me  hold  the  hands  of  the  dying.”