Season of Service: Why I Serve
During Lent we are focusing on A Season of Service. Each week on the blog several Church Street members will share why they serve in a particular area of ministry and how you can get involved. Today's post comes from Allison Ensor.
One of the ways that I have found to serve at Church Street is as a pianist for the Monday night community worship.
Many of you are aware that every Monday night from 6-6:30, a service is held in the chapel. Everyone is welcome, especially the homeless and sheltered members of this neighborhood. Usually Pastor Darryll is in charge.
The informal service includes the singing of hymns, a ure reading, prayer, and a short sermon. A meal is served afterwards in the Parish Hall. Usually a particular Sunday school class assists with the serving, and a number of you have participated in that. Volunteers are certainly welcome.
One of the aspects of the service that those attending seem to enjoy particularly is getting to choose the hymns. They can call out the number of any hymn they like, and the group will sing one stanza. Among the regular favorites are "Amazing Grace," "Blessed Assurance," "The Old Rugged Cross," "In the Garden," "How Great Thou Art," and "Victory in Jesus."
Pastor Darryll would be capable of leading the singing, playing the piano, and preaching the sermon, but part of the idea of service is that we should not expect the staff to do everything, and so it is customary that someone else should play the piano. There are several of us who do this, and it would be good to have more volunteers. Usually, I play one night a month, something I have been doing since the time that these services began, over twenty years ago. I really don't know now how it came about that I started playing, but there was a need for someone, and I could help meet that need, and so I did.
When I have mentioned my playing to others and they look a little dubious, I have often explained, "You don't have to be too good." This is fortunate. When it comes to service, a person doesn?t have to be the very best or anywhere near it. There's a lot to be said for availability, willingness, and commitment. Of course there are others who could do it better. But I do enjoy playing, and I am happy to add my contribution to a service that many have found meaningful.