Yes! Magazine is a wonderful collection of feel-good news. This week, an article from them passed through my feed, We Have to Get Ready for the Good Things to Come. I immediately thought, “Exactly! This is what our Discerning Vision team is helping St. Luke’s to do: to prepare ourselves to be ready for the good things to come.”
Then I remembered one of the closing lines in our Morning Prayer service, from page 102 in the Book of Common Prayer, “Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Our Discerning Vision team is right now tapping into that Power of God. The team is about 10% of our Average Sunday Attendance — it’s a biblical tithe of our congregation–who have taken on an added discipline of increased daily prayer and deeper interaction with the Bible.
Our Discerning Vision Team will spend nine months committed to these increased practices of prayer and Bible study and listening. We are listening to members of St. Luke’s and listening to the greater Durham Community and listening to God’s still small voice. We are gathering regularly to practice this listening, to practice talking about what we hear, and to practice amplifying one another’s prayers.
I invite you to do what you can to amplify the work of the Discerning Vision team. Pray that the team may hear God clearly, and effectively share what they hear with us at our 2022 Annual Meeting. Pray more. Listen more. Attend our upcoming monthly gatherings (TBA) as we take time to listen to what St. Luke’s was like during different phases of our lifetime, and as we listen to the needs of the Durham community.
There are good things to come. Now is the time to prepare ourselves to be ready to notice, ready to act, ready to receive all that God has in store for us.