Yvonne Gentile serves on The Church of the Resurrection staff as the Director of Connections. Yvonne directs the team that helps people get connected into the life of the church through service, studies, group life, and other ways of involvement.
I spoke with someone this week who expressed some confusion about where she should even begin to serve “the least of these”. What if we simply began, as the GPS for today suggested, by noticing all people in need, starting with the people right in front of us? By doing things like:
- Taking dinner to a friend who’s had a death in the family
- Visiting a neighbor who’s in the hospital
- Sending a note to a co-worker who needs to be encouraged
- Letting the person who looks impatient go ahead of us in the grocery checkout line
- Speaking kind words to our own family, even when we’re tired
If you want to go further in serving the hungry and thirsty, the poor, the prisoner and the stranger, you can start by checking out Resurrection’s JOY in Serving options. JOY (Joyfully Offering Yourself) in Serving is Resurrection’s holiday mission program. Each year, October through December, the church puts together a number of opportunities for you to serve or donate and learn more about local area organizations and the work being done in Kansas City to alleviate poverty.
There are new opportunities available each week. You can find a list of available options online at www.cor.org/joy. You can also drop by the JOY tables in the Narthex before and after service each weekend between now and December 20.
FaithWork is an easy way to step into serving the least of these. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, you can choose from pre-arranged serving opportunities by simply showing up in the Narthex of the B Bldg at 8:45am, selecting where and how you want to serve (most opportunities will finish by 1pm). The remaining dates this year are November 7 and 21, and Dec 5 and 19. You can find more information and pre-register for FaithWork at www.cor.org/faithwork.
Resurrection has a vibrant prison ministry, too. Volunteers with New Day Prison Ministry go to Lansing Penitentiary each week to share the love of Christ with inmates, and the impact they are having is remarkable. Lives are being changed – both the lives of the prisoners, and of those who visit them. You can find more information at www.cor.org/prison.
On the right hand side of our worship bulletin every week, there is a list of ways you can get involved in serving God and others. Each week, after the sermon, our pastors highlight a couple of ministries who are actively seeking people like you and me who will step up to make a difference in the lives of the least of these. Listen and look for those announcements, and find something you can do now to make a difference in the life of someone in need.
Look. Listen. Notice. Do something. Start by doing something loving for the people right in front of you.
Return to the GPS Guide to read today’s scripture and reflection questions.