Daily Worship

Part of the chain

April 27, 2020 2
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Psalm 116: 12-19 (NRSVA)

12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his bounty to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful ones.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
    You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

On the worksite at Kazunzu (a Village of Hope on the shores of Lake Victoria built by the Vine Trust in partnership with the African Inland Church of Tanzania) everything needed to build a house — sand, cement, water and building blocks — needs to be moved by hand. The easiest way to do this is by forming a human chain and passing the material down the line in buckets. Everyone has a place in the chain — however strong or weak, however old or young, however fit or unfit. The rhythm of the movement of buckets swinging from person to person creates a momentum that’s far stronger than the individuals that make up the chain. Each person unique yet connected. Each person benefiting from momentum created by the others. Local builders, community members, partners, Vine Trust staff and volunteers working together. 

Space to reflect: What’s your unique place in God’s chain of love, healing and service at this time? How may your actions today, create momentum and rhythm for others?


Dear God,
Help us to remember we are links in your chain
guide our hands as we seek to encourage and enable others.