Prophets of a Future Not Our Own


Prophets of a Future Not Our Own 

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders.
We are ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own. 

A 1979 prayer by Cardinal Dearden.

 

We measure the wrong things..

We measure the wrong things..

We measure the wrong things. We measure money. We measure bums on seats. But what if we measured the things we stand for, which in the Anglican tradition are the 5 marks of mission… Then the question is not how many people turned up on Sunday, but how have you protected the planet? What unjust structure have you challenged this week? If you haven’t done those things.. what are we doing?