Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of you holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

— Book of Common Prayer

Photo: At St. Paul’s Commons, Echo Park, on Monday with Allyn Lean and the Rev. Barrett Van Buren, senior warden and rector of Blessed Sacrament Episcopal Church in Placentia. Over lunch, these faithful, collaborative leaders and I ran the gamut from our families and vocations to a progress report on the Santa Angelina Apartments, now under construction on the church campus, affordable housing for our future neighbors.