We engage in certain practices or customs that are a little quirky. I may pull some leftovers out of the refrigerator late in the evening, and go to eating while standing over the kitchen sink. (Margie doesn’t like it). I know why I do it. My Dad pulled off the same trick. “Harley, just put it on a plate, and sit down at the table if you want something to eat!” Had you asked me as a youngster if eating over the sink was a little odd, I probably would have responded, “No, Dad does it!”
We may think we are the masters of our eating and working and leisure and whatever else practices. That is probably NOT the case. Of course, God created us as free and thoughtful beings, but much of what we think and do is predicated upon our being influenced by the thinking and do-ing of others. That is not a totally bad thing; we don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day.
I remember an early awkward Remington Baptist moment. It was my first Lord’s Supper celebration with you on the first Sunday of October, 2010. After the deacons had distributed the bread and I had in turn served them, I took my place behind the table only to experience a very long pause. No one came forward to serve me!
I didn’t take note of every worship act before graduating from seminary, but after seminary, I became more observant. I was not a pastor, but a campus minister, and we were members of West Main Baptist Church in Danville. Kirk Lashley, our pastor, would assist as the deacons served the congregation. He would then serve them, and then be served by one of the deacons. I carried on that practice at Woodland Baptist for nearly twenty years.
On that first Sunday in October of 2010, it never crossed my mind that there might be another way of celebrating the Lord’s Supper. That’s what happens when you live too much in your own little world!
I want you to know, however, that “being served” has been an intentional practice. A pastor takes on the discipline of serving and being served alongside every other believer.
Serving and being served was not an act for Kirk Lashley, nor has it been an act for me. It is the one good thing I have intended to model as your pastor on Sunday morning, and every other day of the week.
You know all about serving and being served, because you were serving and being served in Jesus’ name long before we came to be with you. Remington’s future is secure as you continue to serve and be served, all in the name of Jesus.