N.T. Wright on the church needing “healers”

The church…needs leaders who can break new ground for others to follow. The church needs teachers who can expound the scriptures and find fresh ways of presenting the story of God’s love. But, above all, the church needs healers who can be channels of God’s peace and love, who can be for her today what Paul was for Corinth, a wise and faithful friend who wounds in order to heal, who tells the truth not to hurt but to mend, who rejoices with the joyful and weeps with the mourners, who teases and plays, who agonizes and prays, who shares the priestly and healing work of Christ. The church doesn’t need people who know it all, or want to control it all. When I am weak, then I am strong.

N.T. Wright, For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church, 100.

prayer for third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer