Thursday, May 31, 2007

On being called

Leadership is about motivating change, whether that means inviting people into livelier worship, a more engaged life of prayer, greater awareness of God's activity in our own lives, or a community that treats its members with greater dignity. You may have a vocation to lead others into greater care for the earth, or to pastor those living with the changes that disease brings. Each one of us, as a consequence of our baptism, is a leader somewhere. Those who are ordained have a focus for leadership that is about equipping the rest of the baptized for their daily ministries of leadership. All of us are meant to be about the work of building the reign of God, and since it does not yet seem to be here in its fullness, we are not likely to work ourselves out of a job any time soon.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Commencement sermon at Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
May 15, 2007
Gracious, loving, and leading God, help each one of us to discern and live out the vocation you've called us to, with compassion and commitment, this day and everyday. Amen.


Pamela said...
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Pamela said...

I have an unspoken prayer request in relation to calling. Thanks

Mother Laura said...

Prayers for the desire of your heart, Pamela.

Many thanks for the prayers for the priest I mentioned yesterday....she will keep needing them in her terrible suffering, but sent a gracious and honest apology and I think we can have a real conversation and relationship now. Alleluia!

Mother Laura said...

Oh, and this is a lovely piece too. Right on target with where I am today and this next week.

Lorna (see through faith) said...

The timing of my reading this prayer is spot on.

Thank you Lord for the whisper of encouragement. Amen