Moving Beyond Motions

This year as a church we are looking at how we can move beyond the motions and develop a personal relationship with God through spiritual practices. Throughout the year, we’ll work our way through 12 practices that help us connect to God. This page is meant to be a resource for each of us to discover, try, and learn more about each of these practices.


— Humbly caring for the needs of others


“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

- Matthew 20:26-28


Get Ready:

Start your day praying this simple prayer from Richard Foster: “Lord Jesus, as it would please you bring me someone today whom I can serve.”


Try it out:

  • Consider one way you can serve someone you see regularly through quiet, daily acts of service. This may mean doing the dishes for your spouse, picking up after children, bringing co-workers coffee, or preparing spaces before and after meetings. If possible, do your acts of service anonymously.
  • Serve someone through hospitality. This can be as simple as inviting a friend, neighbor or coworker over to share a meal, hosting a party, or opening your home to a guest over night. Consider how you can make space for others to be together.
  • Perform a random act of kindness for a stranger. You may want to pay for someone else’s meal or groceries, drop off gifts for local emergency responders, or do yard work for a neighbor.


Go Deeper

Find more on the definition of service here: or in Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster


For ways to serve check out:



Intercessory Prayer