Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Doing the Work

Dear Vineyard Workers,

I read something years ago in the “Minsters’ Manuel,“ by James W. Crawford. The words made me uncomfortable. However, I photocopied them and keep them with some other papers where I know that I will see them from time to time.

“In Christ’s vineyard, in contrast to every other vineyard we know, our degrees of seniority, our years of distinguished service, our titles- vice president, chairperson, dean, doctor, professor, honorable, reverend, whatever-are irrelevant to the overriding question: Are you immersed in and compelled by love?  Are you serving others and seeking creative community among others? Is your discipleship exercised from a community founded to heal the wounds caused by the conceit of birthrights, the arrogance of racial identities, the disparities of privilege rooted in gender-indeed, all of our pathetic definitions of success reflected in status income, residence, and luck? These distinctions dissolve in the vineyard of Christ.”  ( James W. Crawford “Ministers’  Manuel “ San Francisco: Jossey-Bass,Inc. 1998, p.19)

You may not like these words. I am fine with that reaction. But I pray you wrestle with why you feel the way you do, versus discarding the quote as irrelevant.

See Matthew 20:1-16 for further reflection.

We hope to see all of you at “The Well” Zoom gathering tonight. Zach Herzog will be our leader for the evening. Let Vikki Luce  know if you are not on the invitation list. We’ll continue our conversation on how to hear the voice of God.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen