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This sermon by Kenneth Adams is part of “Work in Worship,” a collection of material for work-themed services compiled by David Welbourn. For more sermons, songs, prayers, and readings, click on the table of contents to the right.

“Don’t tell me that I am doing work of any social value like people who work in the Health Service – I only make underwear”. That was what the Christian chairman of a substantial manufacturing firm in Nottingham said in response to a talk about the value of industrial production that I had given at Nottingham University.

He only made underwear. He employed some five hundred people in his factory; he made good underwear and many people wear it. His company was successful and was expanding; the taxes which his company and he and his employees paid contributed to the cost of providing local and national public services – BUT he saw no social value in his work!

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