Thirteen years ago, it was our first Sunday in Lincoln and time to go church shopping. Our friends invited us to Sheridan that morning. The service was joyful and uplifting. The members warmly welcomed us. “I don’t know about you but I don’t have to shop around for another church. Sheridan feels like home.” My husband agreed. Sheridan would be our faith family. It offered us a place where we could worship, grow our faith, and serve in numerous ways.
Two months later, I had major back surgery and was visited every day in the hospital, called while in rehab, and offered food to be brought to our home. Being a Sheridan member less than a month, my husband and I were showered with God’s love through numerous acts of humble service.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul lays down the foundation of a Christian life. We are to be a living sacrifice to God, holy and acceptable. We are to be “all in”.
If you’ve ever done the hokey pokey, you know the song goes “put your left arm in, put your right arm in, your left leg in, or some other part of your body into the circle, and then “turn yourself about.” It’s an active song but at the end it says, “Put your whole self in”. Our worship involves our whole self in. At the end of worship every Sunday, our pastors say, “This worship service is over. Now let the real worship and service begin.”
We, at Sheridan, form one body with each individual bringing their own gifts to God. We don’t all have the same function but each of us is responsible for the care of others. We are to not think more highly of ourselves, but in humble adoration we are to live a sacrificial life with ourselves “all in”. A life that does not conform to today’s norms but is constantly renewed by God’s word and worship. Let the real worship and service begin!
Good and gracious God,
Guide us through worship and your Word to live a sacrificial life. A life that is attentive to other’s needs. Show us the path of love to take. Amen
Written by Janece Nelson
Romans 12:1-5 (NIV)
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
Janece and husband, Mike, have been members of Sheridan for more than 12 years. Janece is a retired mathematics instructor teaching at the middle school and college level. They are blessed with two children and three grandchildren (ages 7-13). Janece finds her greatest joy in spending time with her family and friends. Her passion is writing devotions for patients in hospitals and rehabs she sees every Monday as a Sheridan hospital visitor. As a Teammate, she also mentors girls at Boys Town. Janece credits Faith Builders and Companions in Christ for her spiritual growth.