A Caring Church (Phil 2:1-11; John 13:1-17)

A Caring Church (Phil 2:1-11; John 13:1-17)

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Around 61AD, Paul wrote to the Philippians (the first Christian church in Europe), saying: Have the mind of Christ; try to think, “what would Jesus do, what would Jesus say, what would Jesus think?” Because if you try to do that, you’re not going to go far wrong.

According to the Church of England’s “The Ordination of Deacons:
Deacons are called to work with the Bishop and the priests with whom they serve as heralds of Christ’s kingdom.  They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God’s purposes of love.  They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people.  They are to work with their fellow members in searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible.

Psalm 23 seems especially relevant:
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3  he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths  for his name’s sake.
4  Even though I walk  through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
  your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
     and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Today, though, we’re focussing on Paul’s second letter to the Philippians and on John 13:
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.
“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.   I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master; nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.   Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

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