If you have been at Mercy Hill Church in the last 3 weeks, then you have heard us talk extensively about the 4:30pm service that will be launching this Sunday 08/24. At the heart of us asking you to attend the 4:30pm service is the idea that by simply giving up your seat in one of the morning services, you are opening up another seat for someone else to hear the Gospel. What it boils down to is putting someone else’s needs above your own.
This concept has really hit home for me and my wife this week. We had our week all figured out. We were going to take a short trip to the mountains Monday evening through Tuesday to spend some time with each other and the kids. Monday started off according to plan, but by 1:00pm our plans had changed drastically. I was at lunch when I got a call from Steph saying that she was not feeling well and that after looking on Web MD she thought she should go to the doctor because it looked like she might have appendicitis. Now, when I say the words Web MD, I know good and well that some of you have a mild panic attack. Why? Because Web MD doesn’t point out exactly what is wrong with you…rather, it gives you a list of possibilities and the anxiety from some of those possibilities can drive you crazy. The list usually looks something like this: Your symptoms are headache, sore throat, lower back pain, etc… Your possible diagnosis could be any of the following: West Nile Virus, Common Cold, Diptheria, Heart Disease, Pregnancy, etc… I could elaborate further but this is not a blog about Web MD! Back to the story, Steph was pretty sure that she had appendicitis and as it turned out, she was right. Her primary care doctor recommended that she go to the ER for a CT scan. Within hours she was on the operating table to have her appendix removed. Needless to say, this was not the vision we had in mind for our Monday. Thankfully, everything went well with the surgery and Steph is recovering quite well.
So what does any of this have to do with a 4:30pm service and putting others needs above your own? I’m glad you asked! Here are some of the details I left out from the story. 1) We have 3 kids that need constant supervision and care and someone else served us by taking care of them when we could not. 2) I had a meeting Monday evening that I was supposed to run and someone else served me by running it for me. 3) Steph prepares all of the meals in our house (I am good at cooking steak and hamburgers but not much else), and someone else has been serving our family by preparing all of our meals since Steph’s surgery. You see where I am going with this? Steph and I have been on the receiving end of a lot of selfless acts of service and for that we are very grateful.
In truth, we have all been the recipients of the greatest act of service in history. You see, we were dead in our trespasses and sins—separated from our Maker by our selfish acts of defiance. Yet someone else, Christ, took our place on the cross. Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” How about you? Are you willing to serve others through sacrifice? Going to the 4:30pm service is a far cry from giving your very life, but what about giving up a bit of your convenience or comfort? This a great opportunity for each us to put the needs of others above our own and in so doing, to be imitators of Christ!
-Randy Titus (Community Groups Director)