It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
O Lord, our God, we thank you for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. They prepare us, Your people, for works of service to build up the Body of Christ, but we they cannot prepare us if we do not listen and respond to their teaching and preaching. Open our ears and our minds to hear Your Word, and open our hearts and spirits to do Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.