During a festive worship at the St Nicolas Church in the Old Town Square in Prague, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church marked its 100-year anniversary.
In a sermon, Patriarch Tomas Butta reflected on the theme of the anniversary: “100 years of service to God and 100 years of help to man.”
“Maybe on the first listening to or view of this motto, it could appear to us too ordinary,” said Butta. “But service to God definitely is not something ordinary, common, obvious.”
Service to God means grateful and constant praise, continued Butta. “To perform such service, it is quite a strange, unusual and unique privilege,” he said. “At the same time, the service to God does not mean just to participate at a ceremonial liturgy, but also to serve the good, the truth, the justice and the beauty in our everyday lives.”
Service to God has its origin deeply in ancient times, he said. “The service to God and the help to a man should not stand one against the other,” Butta said. “To think of God does not mean to forget the man.”
Jesus is a clear example for our actions, Butta reflected. “A church that is based on Jesus Christ has its timeless task – to serve God and to help the people.”
Anniversary celebrations will continue with more events throughout 2020.