Servants, One of Another

Pastor's monthly newsletter article for January, 2016

Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you? Pray that I may have the strength, To let you be my servant too.

Richard Gillard, songwriter from New Zealand, published “The Servant Song” in 1978. It quickly became a favorite, with its hopeful prayer that we might all have the strength to serve and be served by one another. As we become more and more aware that there are those who are inclined to ignore others at best, and do great harm to others at worst, it seems particularly Christ-like to strive for a world where more of us live with the determination to serve one another.

At Saint Peter we have long suggested that becoming involved in some concrete act of community service at least once a month is a necessary habit to practice. I am convinced that this lies close to the heart of the faithful life. Not happy with my own efforts to live into this, I have made a New Year’s resolution to serve more regularly in 2016. (And am now making my resolution public, so feel free to ask my how I am doing once June rolls around!) My plans for 2016 are to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity once monthly, lead a group to Selian Lutheran Hospital, and deepen my family’s support for the ministries we share here at Saint Peter. Will you join me?

Join Me in Supporting Habitat for Humanity.

This extraordinary organization has been providing affordable housing for people living on the margins since 1976. They have constructed or restored more than 800,000 homes in that time. The local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, is one of their largest and most effective affiliates. Holy Hammers, a faith coalition comprised of 18 Lutheran churches (including Saint Peter), has worked alongside Habitat since 1996, and has helped build more than 30 homes. Gerry Mueller and I will be offering you opportunities to serve at a build site this year, or you might simply log on and sign up at www.habitatmetrodenver.org.

Join Me in Supporting Selian Lutheran Hospital.

Located near the village of Ngaramtoni in Tanzania, Selian was established in the 1950s, and has been served by Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson since 1988. Caring for the rural Maasai community has been at the heart of their mission, and they have transformed countless lives along the way. I am leading a group to visit Selian this Spring, and I would love to have you join us. Call me if you are interested.

Join Me in Supporting Saint Peter Lutheran Church.

I am so grateful to be serving at Saint Peter, and so proud of what our ministry teams have accomplished in the past few years. This congregation is worth every investment you might consider making in it. We are currently asking our supporters to stretch their plans to support Saint Peter in 2016, and I hope you will respond with strength. Through the life of this faith community we find the opportunity to serve one another, and the world around us.

Each of these is a concrete way to respond to the call we have from Christ: the call to be of service to one another. May God grant us the strength to serve one another this coming year!

Happy New Year to you all,

Pastor Dave