A Prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero
It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent Enterprise that is God ’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are all about - we plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already placed, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between The Master Builder and the worker. We are workers, not Master Builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.
Clinical Ethics Consultant
Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
Chaplain Audrey Pryor-Mouizi entered pastoral care ministry in 1998 after a successful career in business, education and government. She is a 1999 cum laude graduate of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where she received a Masters of Divinity degree.
She completed 1,600 hours of clinical pastoral education at Tidewater’s four CPE centers, which include Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Riverside Regional Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Chaplain Pryor-Mouizi is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Additionally she is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA, and has received that organization’s ecclesiastical endorsement for pastoral care ministry.
Chaplain Pryor-Mouizi serves as an Associate Pastor at the New Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia where she regularly engages in the ministries of worship, proclamation, teaching and counseling. In 2002 she published a book titled “The Profile of a Worshipper: Characteristics That Demonstrate That You Are in a Love Relationship With God.”
Chaplain Pryor-Mouizi states that her “model for ministry is service, and her mentor for ministry is Jesus.” She is honored to serve as God’s representative to the patients, families and staff of Sentara Southside Hospitals.
Chaplain Audrey Pryor-Mouizi
Phone - (757) 507-1300
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
2025 Glenn Mitchell Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456