As followers of Jesus there is nothing quite so powerful as walking with Him in our faith communities from Palm Sunday through Easter morning. It is a journey of incredible highs and devastating lows, culminating in nothing short of transformation.
This week, as has been our practice in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, I will meet in three separate occasions and locations with our clergy to reaffirm our ordination vows. For me, it is always a powerful service of affirming and supporting our shared call to love and serve God’s people.
As you walk with Jesus this week, I hope The Summons from John L. Bell, that I shared as part of my reflection with the clergy, will speak to you as well.
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.