The “Easier Said than Done.”

hillside Pastor's Letter

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
MARK 10:45


We have been studying through the Gospel of Mark for nearly 5 months now here on Sunday mornings at Hillside, and many community groups are diving in deeper on a weekly basis in Mark’s account of Jesus.  It really has been a blessing to study along with so many people the life of Christ and how His call on us is to impact our walk with our family, friends and neighbors.  
Nearly every week, there is the same picture on the front of the bulletin and on the screen in service.  It is a picture Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.  Every time I see that picture it reminds me that I too have been called to serve as Christ did, sacrificially and without holding back.  Easier said than done. 
Flash back with me to May 27th Sunday morning at Hillside.  As a staff we collectively took time to say thanks to so many of you at Hillside who are living out the “easier said than done” regularly, joyfully and without holding back.  What a joyous time it was!  The greatest takeaway for me wasn’t the amazing food or the epic hydration assistance gift (in the form of water bottles).  The greatest joy was seeing how many faithful and consistent Hillsiders (and how many were away on vacation on Memorial Day!) give of themselves to serve the body at church and beyond the walls into the community.  God is doing an amazing work and what a pleasure it is to join with Him with a church body who wants to serve like our Savior!  Keep going Hillside!  Serve one another not because you might get a stainless steel water bottle or a free lunch, but because the God of all creation gave us an example of humility and service and His call is not on a few of us -but each and everyone! 

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 NASB



– Pastor Dave Schaffer