Once a year members of our church give up precious free time on their day off to litter pick and clean the streets. Now some people might think, ‘picking up other people’s garbage and sweeping the streets is degrading, it’s undignified and humiliating’… (Jesus stooped to wash his disciple’s feet, because they needed washing and no-one else was willing to do it!) For those who willingly get involved in our practical act of community service – cleaning the streets – it is like an act of praise and worshipping God; we are caring for creation and serving our neighbours and so an ordinary act becomes a sacred act. Certainly, it is a very ordinary thing to do but God is found in the ordinary, not just in the extraordinary – and, friends, there’s a lot more ordinary!

R. Ian Seymour