My worlds collided again — journalist by day, seminarian by night and weekend — in the coolest way yet Friday:
I had the privilege of offering the blessing for the two newest houses built by Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations to Kesha Pena and family, and to Carlo and Gabriela Garcia and family. The new homebuyers took up their residences in the Las Rosas neighborhood at SE 25 and Durland.
House blessing? Well, yes. I'm a student at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, pursuing a Master of Divinity. The past year I've been in supervised ministry with my church, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 3901 NW 63, and the past semester with the church as well as Central Oklahoma Habitat.
“It's probably one of the most important things we do at our house dedications — is to see that our families and their houses receive this very important blessing at this time,” Central Oklahoma Habitat CEO Ann Felton Gilliland said.
So, yes. What a privilege! I thought I'd share it with you here.
I first want to thank Habitat for letting me participate the past few months. It has truly, truly changed — broadened — my perspective on what ministry can be, and on what ecumenical ministry can be. So, thank you for that. I also have to thank The Oklahoman. I'm the real estate editor for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, and I have to thank them for their flexibility in letting me do this as part of my seminary education and training.
Now, I grew up in a church tradition where when people prayed they shot from the hip. We all learned to shoot the gospel gun at a young age. And I could wing it, but I don't want to. I want something with a little vintage to it.
Someone wrote these prayers in faith. They were preserved in faith; they were printed and published faithfully. And so I want to repeat them faithfully, because they are a part of the great cloud of witnesses that came before and come with us in Christ. First, I'm going to issue a call. And this is from the United Church of Christ “Book of Worship.”