L i f e in C o m m uni t y 67 in close collaboration with pastoral leadership. In this, the steward is accountable to God and to the body of members. Common Work 89 Work must be indivisible from prayer, prayer indivisible from work. Our work is thus a form of worship, since our faith and daily life are inseparable, forming a single whole. Even the most mundane task, if done as for Christ in a spirit of love and dedication, can be consecrated to God as an act of prayer. To pray in words but not in deeds is hypocrisy. Work is a command of God and has intrinsic worth. He gave the earth to humankind to enjoy, cultivate, and care for in reverence as good stewards in his stead. Therefore, we honor work on the land. We honor physical work – the exertion of muscle and hand – and the craftsman’s creativity and precision. We honor the activity of the mind and soul too: the inspired work of the artist, the scholar’s exploration of nature and history, the enterprise of the inventor, the skill of the professional. Whatever form our work takes, we are called to do it to the best of our ability in service to the kingdom of God. Work within the church community is not primarily an economic activity valued on the basis of profit or productivity. No kind of work brings either privilege or stigma: work in the community laundry is valued as Col 3:17, 23–24; Jas 2:26 Is 58:1–10 Matt 25:31–46 Amos 5:21–24 Gen 2:5; 2 Thess 3:6–13 Gen 1:26–28; 2:15 Acts 20:34–35; Eph 4:28 Exod 31:3–5 Luke 1:1–4 Titus 3:13–14 1 Cor 12:12–31