The title of this address provides some clues about the perspective I bring to the question of the church's mission in the world Use of the term "servant church"-borrowed directly from the hymn ''The Church of Christ in Every Age"1-reveals my bias for language of servanthood to describe that mission. Such language has governed my own identity as a deaconess for nearly three decades. Aidan Kavanaugh argues that the ascetic, who is dedicated to ''the art of maintaining a life of 'right worship,'" serves as the exemplar for the baptized, pointing them toward the Christian's ultimate end: that is, to see and to know "God face to face."2
Schuler, Rhoda, "Let the Servant Church Arise: Waters for the Thirsty, Supper for the Hungry" (2006). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. Paper 114.