The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny
the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
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 lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.