By purity, patience and kindness,
by the Spirit and by our love,
and by our message of truth,
we show ourselves for what we are.
New Testament Reading - Examples to the flock
1And now, a word to you elders of the church. I, too, am an elder; with my own eyes I saw Christ dying on the cross; and I, too, will share his glory and his honor when he returns. Fellow elders, this is my plea to you: 2Feed the flock of God; care for it willingly, not grudgingly; not for what you will get out of it but because you are eager to serve the Lord. 3Don’t be tyrants, but lead them by your good example, 4and when the Head Shepherd comes, your reward will be a never-ending share in his glory and honor.. . . . . 1 Peter 5:1-4
Blessed are you,
God of beauty and order,
in Lancelot the preacher and devoted scholar;
may we too strive for wisdom to serve the church.