Over the past couple years we have chosen a poem or a prayer to center us as we look ahead expectantly to our work together in the upcoming year. For 2018 it is the prayerful words of Emily Freeman from her book Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World that will guide and support and challenge and stir us along the way. Freeman prays:
When it comes to our work, we confess our desire to grow, determine, fill, and control. Remind us these outcomes belong to you.
Instead, may we simply plant, act, build, and offer, releasing the outcomes into your hands because they are not our business.
Continue to be yourself in us as we dive into the places where we can’t measure results. We want your presence to be its own reward.
Be our kind companion as we build our benches so we may be kind companions for those who come to sit.
Pray with us and for us this year as a ministry. May we continue to be alert to what the Spirit is up to among us. In Jesus’ name.