Daily Worship

Unsung heroes

Jo Penn May 19, 2023 1 1
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2 Timothy 4: 19 (NRSVA)

19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

One of our Scargill Chaplains is fond of the phrase: ‘Love looks like something’ meaning that ‘Love’ is not just an abstract concept, but is known through gesture, action and words. Jesus’ love is shown when he washes all of his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper, including those of Judas who was about to betray him. Jesus’ lifestyle fully embodied the ‘Love’ described in 1 Corinthians 13: ‘Love is patient, love is kind…’

Priscilla’s words are not recorded in scripture, but she is recognised for the hospitality that she gave, the support for Paul and his work, the church that met in her home. Her godly influence over many lives would have spread far and wide, with accompanying tales of thankfulness and wonder from the times people stayed with Priscilla and Aquila or worshipped alongside them.


One of the most influential people in my former church was a lady who spent time looking after mothers and their young children. She was fully committed to these families wanting them to thrive and know the love of Jesus for themselves. It was so lovely to see the children’s reaction to seeing her when they met at the church door.


A church is not just made by its teaching, preaching, prayer and worship but by the way that the members love and serve one another.




Thank you, Lord, for the unsung heroes of our church life:

cleaners and decorators,

key holders and flower arrangers,

gardeners and leaf clearers,

tea makers and nose-wipers,

laundry pressers and embroiderers

hand-shakers and laughter makers.

bakers and sandwich pilers,

architects and plumbers,

hole repairers and carpenters,

treasurers and administrators,

rota-makers and notice printers.

intercessors and welcomers,

sweepers and home-makers,

friendship-offerers and practical helpers,

Feed the cat-ers, and ‘parcel pick-up’ers,

home visitors and communion bringers,

interest takers and birthday cake makers.

Babysitters and messy craft planners,


For all they are and all they do,

To serve the church, your body on earth,

We praise and thank you Lord.

This day, may we remember to thank them

For their kindness that enriches our lives.