Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve spent quite a bit of time at Manchester Cathedral – 3 times now already, and with a final service this coming Saturday. It started on the evening of Trinity Sunday on 12th June, where I was preaching as part of the Choral Evensong service. More recently, a group of us from church were in attendance yesterday evening for the formal admission and prayer for wardens, deputy wardens, sides people and PCC members. This was then followed today for a rehearsal for Kathreen’s ordination service which will take place on Saturday afternoon.In both last night’s service, as well as the ordination service, after a description of the heavy responsibility and expectation placed on the holders of the various church responsibilities, together with readings from scripture that relate to them, the response “with the help of God..I (or) we will”, is then used by those undertaking the respective role.
For me, there is a lovely reassurance that God never asks anything of us that he isn’t prepared to equip for along the way. Even when pushed beyond our own comfort zone and perhaps our natural gift set, He is there through His spirit to provide us with all we need. All He looks for is our willingness to be used by Him.
“With the help of God,… I will”.
What might God be asking of us I wonder, which in return will result in His more than considerable help for the task?
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