Pastor Charles


True Servanthood 

“…but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-44 

I have often heard these words of Jesus preached or taught. In a way, I grew up with them. My Dad, who was a pastor of a small community church in Montrose, California, took these words as his life verse: “Whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came…” I always thought it strange that his life verse should actually be two verses. Why? 

My Dad insisted that the verses should always be together because that is the paradox of being a servant-leader. On the one side, a servant is a person who puts first the needs of others. Jesus said that a servant who truly wishes to be “first” must also be a “slave of all.” On the other hand, the true servant is not someone that is available to anyone, anytime, anywhere for everything. No, a servant must be like the servanthood of the Son of Man. Jesus was no less a servant when he drove out demons or even moneychangers. The gospel comes in the final verse, doesn’t it? It’s undoubtedly why Dad loved it. Not only is Jesus a model servant, he is the One who gave his life as a “ransom of many.” Jesus is servant and savior. That’s a good thing to hear for those of us who fail to be servants some of the time. 

I am delighted and honored to serve as your Interim Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. We begin our ministry together on November 1. Since I am commuting 42 miles from Silver Lake in Los Angeles, I plan to come down to the church mid-mornings, and then stay until after evening traffic, from Tuesday through Thursday. Sundays will be full days as well. I’ll be working from my home on Mondays. 

Please drop by the church office anytime for a visit. We serve one another and are redeemed by a gracious Savior. God bless our jour-ney of faith. 

Charles Svendsen 

Interim Pastor

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