Speaker: Pastor Lukus Counterman - When you go to a restaurant, having a good waiter makes the experience more fruitful and enjoyable. When waiters like their job and enjoy people, they are eager to serve and available but not intrusive. When they are experienced at the task its an even greater bonus. The reality of life however is that restaurant patrons generally don’t get to choose their waiters. We arrive, are seated by a host or hostess, and then wait for whichever waiter has been assigned to our zone. We may find ourselves served by a wonderful waiter, but we may not. The server may know the menu well , or they could be new. They might be having a bad day or have poor skills. In the restaurant business, a good waiter is the luck of the draw. You may not have realized it, but there is at least one aspect of life in the local church that is like eating a meal in a restaurant. The local church too, has table servers. We call them deacons. The joy, peace, unity and fruitfulness of the local church depends in part on having faithful table servants who are present when needed, eager to serve with joy, and unintrusive.