One of the themes we have recently seen repeated in John’s Gospel is a clear call – a command – to serve. In 12:25-26, John records that Jesus said, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” In the next chapter, John again quotes Jesus: “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (13:17) These words of our Lord Jesus must not be taken lightly.

I am very thankful that many of you are already actively engaged in the life of the Body of Christ at Crossroads. But for those who are feeling led to become more involved, or for those who might be unaware of the current opportunities to serve, please read the list of the Top Ten Opportunities to Serve, below. Then prayerfully consider where you might “plug in” to Crossroads. These are listed in alphabetical order, except #10.

#1 Décor Coordinator. We need a volunteer to design and organize our stage décor and ensure that it is properly set up each Sunday. Call me at 703-794-9431 for a written position description.

#2 Evangelism Ministry Coordinator. We have many people who would like to participate in an organized, deliberate effort to share the God News with our community. All we need is a willing servant to help get us organized and coordinate our efforts. Call me at 703-794-9431 for more info.

#3 Friendship Class Mentors (and substitutes). It is such a blessing to assist the special members of this Sunday School class. Call Chris Bennett at 540-657-5359 for more info.

#4 Guitarists. If you can strum a guitar with a reasonable level of proficiency, you can (literally) join the band. Call Linda Neice at 730-730-3281 for more info.

#5 Keyboardists. Ditto with a different instrument. Call Linda Neice at 730-730-3281 for more info.

#6 Nursery volunteers. What a privilege to help watch over our covenant children. Call Sarah Kiihne at 540-318-5561 for more info.

#7 Set-up Crew. The Potomac High School doors open every Sunday at 8:15 a.m. for servants willing to help with set-up. Call John Tapolcai at 703-609-8037 to apply.

#8 Sound Crew. If you are willing to be trained, you can participate in this vital ministry. Call Gordon Waugh at 703-492-8178 for more info.

#9 Women’s Ministry Council Members: Fellowship & Events chairman and next year’s Retreat Coordinator will soon be open. These positions must be approved by the Session with the recommendation of the Women’s Ministry Council. Call Vania Root at 571-332-5210 for more info.

… and #10 is Whatever the Lord is leading you to do. Let’s talk. Call me any time, Tuesday – Sunday.

“If you are a Christian, you are not your own. Christ has bought you at the price of his own death. You now belong doubly to God: He made you, and he bought you. That means your life is not your own. It is God’s. Therefore, the Bible says, ‘Glorify God in your body.’ God made you for this. He bought you for this. This is the meaning of your life.” (John Piper in the Preface to his book, Don’t Waste Your Life)

Your brother in Christ,

Don