Friday, June 10, 2011

Remember who you are!

William H. Willimon, the Bishop of The United Methodist Church (who will be offering a public lecture tonight at St Mary’s Anglican church in Kerrisdale) tells the story of how when he was a teenager his mother would say to him, every time he left the house, 
 Remember who you are!
It was not that his mother was afraid he would forget his name or address. It was her ‘maternal benediction’. It was her way of reminding him that he was the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Remember who you are!

(Singing with the choir)
May the Lord bless you and keep you
May s/he shine a light upon your face
May you feel the heat of God’s glory in your bones
May you know God’s kindness and grace
May God’s love define your ways of living
May you see God’s face among your friends
May you live your story empowered by God love
May you be comfortable walking in your skin
May you find your worth from your maker
And live in freedom all of your days
May you grow in the sense of who you really are
May God’s light show you the way
May you know that you have the power
To add salt and light into this world
May you discover all your gifts 
               and give them generously
May you listen for God’s every word    
~ Maeve

From my farewell sermon at Trinity United Church 
in Kitsilano on June 5, 2011

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