Service Sermon Illustrations

Service Sermon Illustrations

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The Individual in Christian Service

The work of God in the world is giver. out as piece-work among His children. No servant of God is too young, or too poor, or to ungifted, or too obscure to be a fellow-laborer with Him. Sir Michael Costa was once rehearsing with a large orchestra and hundreds of voices. Amidst the thunder of the organ, and the roll of the drums, the player on the piccolo said to himself : "In all this din, my little instrument doesn't matter," and he ceased to play. Suddenly the great conductor threw up his arms, and all was still. "Where is the piccolo?" he cried. God listens for our share in His orchestra, and it is as if He said: "What is in thine hand, Abel?" and Abel replies, "Nothing, O God, but a wee lamb." Yet the smoke of that sacrifice has been a sweet savor for thousands of years. Or to Moses, and he replies: "Nothing but a rod, O God," but that rod swallows the serpents of hell. Or to Dorcas, and she answers: "Only a needle, Lord," but those garments have been the heavenly pattern for holy women ever since.—The Dawn.

"I've Done Refusin' "

"I've done refusin'." These were the words of an aged Christian who had been unexpectedly asked by his pastor to lead the special meeting for the evening. In commencing the service, he stated that he had not expected to take charge of the meeting, and so was unprepared to make remarks on the topic before them. "But," said he, "I have made up my mind that when I am asked to do anything in Christian work by one whom I have confidence in, if he thinks that it is my duty, even if I do not feel that 1 am prepared, I will try to do it. I've done refusin'." No better opening for the prayer meeting that night was needed. What better keynote could be found? What a difference would be seen in our social meetings and every branch of church work if only each professing Christian could say, `I've done refusin'."—The Congregationalist.

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.—John Wesley

A chapel speaker was preaching to our school on the lack of Good Samaritan spirit in the world today. To illustrate, he recited an episode that had happened in New York: "During the lunch hour I walked with a friend toward a nearby restaurant when we saw lying on the street a helpless fellow human who had collapsed." After a solemn pause he added, "Not only had nobody bothered to stop and help this poor fellow, but on our way back after lunch we saw him still lying in the same spot."

Genius and strength are worth nothing if we do not put them to the service of our fellow beings. The most sacred duty of youth lies in the relation to the community in which it lives.—Carlos Contreras, Partners

The greatest thing in the world is a human life; the greatest work in the world is the helpful touch upon that life.—Charles Lamoureux, The Lion

Leadership and service belong together: They spiral in unison. Each involves the dynamic relationships which exist in social situations. However, there are significant differences, for leadership is always a group phenomenon. Consideration of the ideal of leadership thus invites a good look at human relations.—D. Willard Zahn, Dean, College of Education, Temple University, Phi Delta Kappan

In my poor uncertain way
I try to use each given day
As though it were but loaned to me ...
A priceless cup from which to sip
But once, a precious stewardship
To serve with love and dignity.—Lloyd C. Lewis, Sunshine Magazine

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

Three Boy Scouts were at a Scouts' meeting and told the scoutmaster they had done their "good deed" that day.

"Well, boys, what did you do?" asked the scoutmaster.

"We helped an old lady across the street a little while ago," claimed the boys in unison.

"And did it take all three of you to do that?" asked the master suspiciously.

"Oh, yes, it did!" again chimed the boys. Then the smallest added, "She didn't want to go."—Sunshine Magazine

Serve that you may own; own that you may serve.—SAY

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of anyone else.—Charles Dickens

It was Albert Einstein, outstanding scientist, who said: "It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service." And it was E. Stanley Jones, a missionary who has dedicated his life to service, who said: "The man is not greatest who has the greatest number of servants, but the man is greatest who serves the greatest number of people."—Ross M. Willis, "The House On Straight Street," Pulpit Digest

All useful service is raised to the plane of art, when love for the task is fused with the effort.

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can; this is the service of a friend.—Emerson

"Who is my neighbor?
He who needs my care!
Where is my neighbor?
When my neighbor's eyes are weary,
And his heart is sad,
Help me, Lord, to help my neighbor
To be glad."

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