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Hallo again to all.

We have spent much of our lives following or making lists. Shopping lists, packing lists, to-do lists, course lists, family genealogies, or speech outlines, lists aid our lives at home, study, and work. Lists of words, numbers, concepts, items, dates, some separated by commas, others by hyphens or bullets. Some of the earliest Sumerian writing is in the form of administrative lists for its ruling class. Likewise, Michael Ventris and John Chadwick discovered that the mysterious Linear B glyphs found on Crete were an early Greek script using lists of goods stored in palaces. Lists feature prominently in the Christian tradition, too. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke both take the time to provide a list of Jesus' ancestors. In addition to its more famous creedal statement, the Council of Nicaea also produced a list of canons relating to church discipline.*
We have† of late, found ourselves in a temporary position at our place of employment that holds more and different tasks and responsibilities than had been previously the case in our current position. We not only 'fill in' for the position that was temporarily vacated, but are also stepping into the middle of ongoing projects and expectations tailored to the skill sets of the one not currently in the position.

Lists have become a necessity. Lists of names, email addresses, meetings, and due dates have built upon themselves. It has become a bit troubling. This caused us to create another list – The LIST. The list of what we hope will happen while we are in this temporary position (for a church organization) to ensure a job well done and to retain what bit of sanity we have. It had four items.


  • Retain employment
  • Retain continuity
  • Don't break too much
  • Make sure all is to the glory and service of God.

    The order of lists is often important. Lists of names can be alphabetical, inventory lists are often sorted by category or item number, genealogies by date of birth, to-do lists by date due or order of importance. And this, we realized, was the problem with our list. It was backwards. The list was a reflection of our perception—a perception which didn't reflect our need to have us working out of a place of strength and conviction rather than of fear. The list was upside down.

    It needed to look like this:

    Because if working for the church—whether as a musician, archivist, pastor, verger, treasurer, youth missioner, communications director, sexton, webmaster, historian, or an administrative assistant isn't always first and foremost to the glory and service of God, what are we doing?

    See you next week.

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    All of us at Anglicans Online

    15 January 2017

    *This paragraph is, mostly though not entirely, a list.
    †In this case, "we" refers to two of us, working in very different industries, yet in similar situations.

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