What is Serving With Joy?
Serving With Joy (SWJ) is an outreach connector developed by Lutheran Hour Ministries – Canada in response to requests for every-day evangelism tools. The idea is to provide people you meet, in what may be very brief and casual encounters, with an invitation to find out more about the joy we have because Jesus first loved and served us.
How does it work?
Look for opportunities to do small helpful tasks for somebody. Do them cheerfully and when the task is done hand them a card (that you have put your first name on) and say “Here’s my card.” or “It was my Joy to Serve You because Jesus first served me.” (see 1 John 4:19)
1.) You are at a place where tourists like to take pictures of themselves or their group. You offer to take the photo for them. When done you hand them back their camera, and a Serving With Joy card, (on which you have written your first name) and say “here’s my card ” or with a smile say something like “it was my Joy to Serve You because Jesus first served me.”
2.) A new family moves into your neighbourhood, you go over to introduce yourself, maybe taking along some freshly baked cookies. If they say “thanks”, respond with a smile, hand them a SWJ card (that you have put your first name on) and say, “it was my Joy to Serve You because Jesus first served me.” or just tuck the card into the package you deliver.
3.) Your congregation or group is distributing food or other items to people in your community. You tuck a Serving With Joyn card into the package before distributing it.
What here do I get some SWJ cards?
Serving With Joy has been developed by the Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada (Lutheran Hour Ministries – Canada). We have SWJ cards that we will be happy to send to you.
What will it cost me?
Just your time and your smile – the cards are free! The men and women who support our work are pleased to produce this program for your use – we Serve With Joy, because Jesus first loved and served us. Of course we’d be delighted if you decided to join with us in this and our other outreach programs by praying for and financially supporting them www.lll.ca/donate-online .
Where can I see the Serving With Joy webpage? www.ServingWithJoy.net
or contact: Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada