THIS TIME TOMORROW
BY THE REV'D CHRIS DODDS
FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017
REPORT FROM THE FIELD, from Bishop Steve: One of the joys I experience during parish visits is seeing wonderfully creative ministries in each of the churches in our Diocese. Almost every church has efforts to reach out, or to care, or to disciple, that are unique and inspiring. As you read about these ways God’s people are doing the work of the Church, perhaps you will begin to imagine new and fresh ways your church can fulfill its mission.
At Church of the Cross in Boston, I have been encouraged by a regular feature in their weekly services called This Time Tomorrow. It is a way for lay people to give testimony to their vocations in the marketplace and home. Newly ordained Rev Chris Dodds explains . . .
This Time Tomorrow
What will you be doing this time tomorrow? This is a question we ask someone in our community most Sundays during our CotC worship services. This Time Tomorrow (TTT) is a short interview and part of a commitment to keep before us a vision of God’s deep concern for all of his creation and all aspects of our lives, not just our time together on Sundays.
For most of us, the way that we get to steward the gifts we have been given and to seek the good of our community, is on our frontline - the place where we spend the majority of our waking hours each week. This may be at school, in the home, or a place of paid employment. God is with us in these places and is Lord over them, so we wrestle together with what it means to work faithfully as a follower of Jesus. Our interview with parishioners consists of three simple questions:
What will you be doing this time tomorrow?
What are the opportunities and the challenges you face as a follower of Jesus?
How can we pray for you?
As well as reminding us all each week of the importance of the work the Lord calls us to, TTT provides a great way to learn more about a member of our church family and to lift them and their workplace up in prayer.