Faith at Work VI

January 2005

In my work as chaplain to the Science Park, it is a delight to come across people who know that they have something to offer society, that it fulfils a specific need and that there are agencies willing to share the costs of bringing it to fruition. It is also good to see that their competence is valued and their views are sought to encourage others to take that next step in developing their skills and their ideas.

This is part of the vision of the SPARK business incubation area in the new Creative Industries Centre. It provides a friendly, affordable and well-equipped environment for people to specialise in all kinds of media and design. There is plenty of professional advice and support available and it is a good place for people to find their feet in the business world. They can share their aspirations and gain confidence in their abilities to fulfil their potential as they seek to satisfy ever-increasing market demands whilst being guided around the numerous pitfalls.

It reminds me of this season in the church's year when we celebrate once more the Epiphany (literally the manifestation or showing) of our Lord to the whole world. Wise men journey from the East to see the infant Jesus and to share in the joy of his birth. They bring gifts to honour his name but one might say to provide venture capital for getting his show on the road; at least it is recognition of who he is and of the possibility for transforming the world.

Shortly afterwards, we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan, not as a small child but as a man about to start training for his public ministry. Matthew, the gospel writer, describes the drama very concisely but as a defining moment: 'as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." ' (Mt.3:16-17); the spark has ignited, the business plan has been approved and it is now up to Jesus to put it into practice, away from the boardroom, out in the world.

In following his lead, our worship doesn't end in church either. Often, at the conclusion of a service, we use the words:

Send us out
in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.

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