Bishop Mark Lawrence cautioned the clergy about “doing more for God while spending precious little time with God” in his sermon at the Clergy Renewal of Vows service held April 6 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, in Charleston. “We are doing more and enjoying it less,” he said. “Rare is the priest who doesn’t take it as a compliment when someone says, ‘You are the busiest person I know.‘”
Preaching from John 15:1-11 he examined God’s role and ours as vine and branches. God’s work is to indwell, prune and bear fruit – especially love – in his followers. Ours is to believe, receive, hear and obey. He urged the clergy to spend time in the study of Scripture, not in preparation for the next sermon, but for their own growth in grace.
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