One theme our parish community has dealt with from time to time is the notion that all parish members are Christians, and thus all parish members come to church in order to serve, love and minister to one another. We each should show up at the Liturgy prepared to serve someone!
Yet, many come to Liturgy expecting to be served, expecting someone else will serve them, looking at the Liturgy in terms of “what I will get out of it.” A concern of any Christian community is how to change this self-serving attitude of its members into a Christlike attitude of serving others. When Christ washed His disciples’ feet, he gave us an example as to what we should be prepared to do each time we assemble with our fellow Christians.
I have coined a phrase for this Christian effort to help each of us be more Christlike. Instead of showing up at the Liturgy assuming someone else will have baked the prosfora for communion, that someone else will be prepared to read the epistle, that someone will have cleaned the church, that someone else will have done the bulletin, that someone else will have prepared the fellowship food, one needs to look each week at what I can do to minister to the needs of my fellow parishioners. Taking the cue from the expectation that someone (else!) will have baked the prosfora, I have said we must as Christians turn loafers into bakers.
In that spirit, a group of parishioners met together in a parishioner’s home to learn how to bake the prosfora so that they can come to the Liturgy as bakers, not just loafers. Accepting the notion that all Christians are gifted by God to serve the community in some way, these parishioners are learning a skill in order to serve the community.