To Make Good Tables

It’s amusing to look back at my sermon notes on Monday morning and see all the things I planned to say and didn’t. The reality is that most of the time I just run out of time to say them, and so I’m forced to do a little on-the-feet editing during the sermon.

A lengthy quote I would have liked to have used yesterday but got cut about half way through the sermon was from Dorothy Sayers work, “The Mind of the Maker.” I’ve posted it below for you, because it’s a great reminder on a Monday morning as you head off to work, that God cares about the quality and excellence of your work today and everyday. His image is to be displayed in your vocation–in what you are doing right now.

“The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables…Let the Church remember this: that every maker and worker is called to serve God in his or her profession or trade—not outside it. The Apostles said it was not for them to leave the Word of God and serve tables; their vocation was to preach the Word. But the person whose vocation is to prepare beautiful meals might with equal justice protest: It is not right us to leave the service of tables to preach the Word.”

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