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One of the central functions of a Via de Cristo Secretariat is to select Rectors and Rectoras for upcoming weekends. Rest assured that your Secretariat takes that obligation seriously. As we prayerfully discussed potential Rectors and Rectoras for the upcoming spring mixed weekend (April 12-15, 2018), several names were highlighted in our minds. Unfortuanately, those individuals have proven unavailable. Has the Holy Spirit failed us or led us amiss? Not at all! The Spirit has clearly indicatedindividuals who would be superb weekend leaders. 

As I see it, the road to the selection of a leader for a VDC weekend has more than one lane. In other words, the Secretariat isn’t the only (and perhaps not even the primary) conduit God uses to reveal His selection. We suspect that God is speaking to one of you right now. We suspect that someone in the Fourth Day knows right now that he or she is God’s choice to be the Rector or Rectora next spring. How often has someone in the body of Christ been asked by someone in the church to do something, and they knew all along, in their deepest being, the call was coming? It happens all the time. So often God speaks to the candidate long before He speaks to the ones whose job it is to officially select.
 
On Sunday (at Good Shepherd, at least), the sermon related the Old Testament story of Samuel, and how he heard the Lord call to him three times in the night. Each time he ran to the Prophet Eli, his guardian and mentor. Finally, Eli instructed Samuel to respond directly to God’s call in this manner: “So [Eli] said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘”Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went back to bed (1 Samuel 3:9).” God called again, and Samuel responded. This story is instructive for us, today, but perhaps in an even more impactful way. Why? Because God has given each of us as believers the Holy Spirit to speak to us, to nudge us, and to tug at our hearts. Even as the voice of the Lord spoke to Samuel, the voice of the Holy Spirit can and does speak His intentions directly to us. 

If God has spoken to you, we encourage you to contact one of the Secretariat members you know, or me directly (here’s the email address I use for VDC business: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)" target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). We will keep on praying and pondering, of course. That is our duty, obligation, and commitment to you. At the same time, if God is calling your name, respond with “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” And be encouraged that the Secretariat stands ready to personally support the next Rector or Rectora in every way we can, especially if you hesitate because you feel you haven't experienced enough weekends to do a good job. God does not care one whit about any of that.
 
In the Lord,
 
Tom Krause

Lay Director

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