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Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
A sermon preached by the Rev. Kit Lonergan on June 2, 2013

Christ Church Andover
Year C, Proper 4/ Senior Sunday
June 2, 2013

This morning, before we hear from two of our seniors, before we celebrate our church school teachers, youth mentors, classroom helpers, graduating acolytes and choir members, I wanted to offer a short reflection on why we do this. Not just why we celebrate them—but why we place our time and effort and love and care into such ministries.

There is a prayer written in honor of Archbishop Oscar Romero, composed many years ago, and I think it accurately sums up our hopes for ministry here:

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; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

I share this as part of our prayer together because I am so grateful for all who participate in growing God’s kingdom, teaching and mentoring our young people, those who serve in worship, and all who assist them in their endeavors, as they are planting those seeds that we may never see fully grown, but we know that, with God’s grace, will do so abundantly. Janelle and Ed have offered to share some of their reflections with you this morning, and they are a glimpse of what we are about here. And they remind us that somewhere, sometime ‘back when’, we ourselves had someone nurture us and remind us that we are God’s own, loving us for ourselves.

And so I pass this time over to the ones who will be the church when I am older, and who will be ushering in the next generation of Christians.


Last Published: June 19, 2013 6:48 PM