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“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:5-8)
In his encounter with God, Isaiah recognizes his shortcomings and personal agendas. With the Spirit’s help, he releases those to God and is made ready. Now with the vision of the Lord’s greatness and beauty, he is ready to respond to God’s passions and purposes. As we have prayed about Jesus’ passions and purposes for our church, we pray this week to hear God’s call to us as a church for the years ahead and about our own part to play in this purpose.
Jesus, we as your body come ready to listen to your voice. We ask for open ears to hear clearly how you are calling us forward as a church to fulfill your great commandment and commission here in Arlington and in Greater Boston. Reveal to us how we are to individually and together live differently, give differently, and serve differently for such a vision to be realized. We commit ourselves to you, Lord, to play the part you have for each of us and for our church. In your strong name we pray. Amen.
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