This Saturday, October 8, is the 22st Anniversary of my Ordination into Christian Ministry. What a wonderful journey this has been and continues to be. I have been blessed beyond measure. In her introduction to a favorite novel, the late writer Phyllis Tickle wrote something to the effect: we, who call ourselves Christians, are all called. Some are also vowed. In other words, we are in this together as people called by Jesus to be his body in the world.
As part of my Ordination Service, I chose two hymns, one familiar and one new. The words resonate with me now as they did then. Here are the first stanzas from each of them:
Be now my vision, O God of my heart, nothing surpasses the love you impart.
You my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, your presence my light.
The Lord Of Sea And Sky,
I Have Heard My People Cry.
All Who Dwell In Dark And Sin,
My Hand Will Save.
I Who Made The Stars Of Night,
I Will Make Their Darkness Bright.
Who Will Bear My Light To Them?
Whom Shall I Send?
Here I Am Lord, Is It I, Lord?
I Have Heard You Calling In The Night.
I Will Go Lord, If You Lead Me.
I Will Hold Your People In My Heart.
What is God calling you to do to make a difference in this world?