Service #1 starts with an interactive idea that first shows Jesus as our model for service, and then gives us the opportunity to see ourselves as servants because Jesus was THE suffering Servant. This opening creative exercise doesn’t need to be used, but sets the stage well for a worship service that bases our own service on that of Jesus. Consider using this framework even if you don’t you use the whole idea!
If you are a church that operates on a fiscal year rather than a calendar year, consider doing this service in conjunction with installation of new office bearers! If you have a team going out to do a service trip, that’s also a natural fit for a service like this!
Service #2: Another way to highlight the faith practice of “service” is to spend some time focusing on what is already happening within the congregation - a realization that our daily labors and our daily work are service to God. Whether you work in industry, healthcare, education, construction or homemaking, your work is a daily offering to God. It might be interesting to do a two-part series on “service”, first focusing on Jesus as our model for service and our call to serve as Jesus did, but in the second week, turn attention toward daily work as service.