All of our membership vows are related.  When we are faithful in prayer and fully present to God and one another, we will be moved to generosity in sharing the joy of God’s love with others.  Our vow of service is an extension of that sharing.  Service within and beyond the congregation—in our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, communities, and around the globe—is the evidence of God’s love and power at work within us.  We do not serve because we have to; we serve in response to God’s abundant love that overflows our joyful hearts.

When we take the vow of service in The United Methodist Church, we join a proud tradition and long history of faithful, selfless ministry through education, healing, preaching, addressing social injustice, and caring for and with the poor and marginalized.  Our Holy Communion service reminds us that by the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are “one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world” (from The United Methodist Hymnal, copyright 1989 by The United Methodist Publishing House).

God calls us to love; fills us with power, joy and strength; and sends us out to be the body of Christ in, for, and with the hurting world.  Fulfilling our vow of service is God’s love in action.