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Pulpit Preparation

 

Preparing our hearts, minds, and souls to hear and reflect upon the Word of God.

 

Prayer of focus

 

Almighty god, whom truly to know is everlasting life; Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps  in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

Readings

 

John 14:1-14

1 Peter 2:2-10

 

Reflection

 

Are the words you are using to describe a situation or a person exclusive or inclusive? Do they uplift or do they demean or put that particular individual or group of people? Are the words an accurate description of what is taking place? The context of the situation does make a difference, however, we need to be mindful how we talk about ourselves and others. Language has power … creative power. Go back and read Genesis one. In the Genesis creation account God speaks and light is created; an expanse or heaven is created; land is created; vegetation is created; lights to separate the day from the night — sun and stars are created … time; living creatures are created; you and I are created in the image of God. Later on God gives the power to name the animals fo the earth to Adam.

 

This is why Peter in Chapter 2 verse 1 addresses the dispersed Christians former life and the use of language. Specifically he says: “Put away all … 

 

Malice: desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness.

Deceit: the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating:

Hypocrisy: a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.

Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.

Slander: defamation; malicious or false statement or report

 

How is your language … the words you use … reflective of God’s call to be living stones?

 

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