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Sep 18th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: September 16

One of the sayings I learned as a young lad was “Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!  I learned it from my mom as well as at school.  A more biblical saying might be the one about taking the mote out of our eyes and then only will you be able to see the speck in the other’s eye!  The point is that it easy to see the flaws in others while ignoring our own.

Especially when it comes to Wisdom.  I loved studying Wisdom when I was in seminary in Vancouver.  I loved learning about this manifestation of God’s being as a woman.  It was such a welcome counter to the patriarchal Christianity in which I’d been steeped, and I came from a liberal Christian and progressive tradition.  I went to Sunday School with the New Curriculum in the 60’s, a controversial curriculum that depicted Jesus and other Biblical characters, not as white Europeans, but as an artist imagined they might be like in 1st Century Palestine.  It was controversial, too, because it used modern scholarship and challenged a number of long-held traditions like the Virgin Birth.  Even so, Sophia-Wisdom wasn’t mentioned much and more feminist aspects to God’s nature weren’t really emphasized in this curriculum.

Wisdom really pushed us to see the world differently.  And when I heard the things that make for a un-Wisdom living, as we hear in today’s reading, I was even more enlightened.  Proverbs mention things like foolishness and a lack of understanding, ignorance and mockery.  And then »»

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For the Week of September 16

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
                   
The Season of Creation:
              Passing our Planet on: God’s Gift to us: 
                Week 2:  Passing on the Gift of Wisdom

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Prayers of the People: September 16

Today we pray and rejoice together in the wonder of God’s love for all creation. God who is in all, and through all, who is everything; »»

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Prayers of the People: September 9

Let us join our hearts and minds as one in prayer. When you hear the words “Creator God of Hope” please respond with “Hear our prayers.»»

Prayers of the People: September 2

Please join me in the prayers of the people. Whenever you hear God called upon, please answer with “Hear our prayers.” »»

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As a member of our Church Décor Team, Marg Stacey has been for years, creating murals in the area behind the choir loft. These murals reflect the liturgical seasonal themes and are refreshed several times a year. »»

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