The process of re-imagining church - of reassessing how we and why we do it - involves all of us, young and old, present and not present, casual and committed, starting out and stopping over, holding tight and hardly holding on. Today we recommit to celebrating the dignity of all involved.
When it comes to re-imagining church,
challenge us Lord Above All,
to think wider, broader, and deeper,
including those others would not,
finding roles for people
that dignify and magnify.
May we be faithful and diligent in
finding and nurturing and championing
the gifts of others.
May we rejoice in the splendour of the treasure
that is one another.
Open our ears to the sincere wisdom of the young
and the lighthearted exuberance of the old.
18 Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, ‘May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord’; and then they would return to their home.
26 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favour with the Lord and with the people.