Sunday July 15th, 2018 at 10:30 am – Rev. Karen Bowles leading
Psalm 139, Karen J. Bowles
Our liturgy today is a little different. There will be three parts. And there will be only one reading. In each of the three parts we will be considering a different part of psalm 139. There will be the reading, a teaching and our response. I have said we are considering prayer today. Last week we considered the why of prayer and this week we will consider the how of prayer – we will look at the content of prayer. And what better place to look than in the Psalms. Each of the 150 psalms is a prayer.
Karen J. Bowles
Matthew 6: 5-15
Why indeed. I hope this morning we can search this question and together canvas some answers. I am sure you have your reasons for prayer – some of you I know pray daily and some I know pray rarely. Every time we meet we pray twice – once to gather and once as a community prayer – Kristin prayed our gathering prayer with us this morning – to gather, to bring us into this time of worship – this time to pause – she prayed for our time together – for this community to be gathered – for this to be a good time, a wholly time (and I am spelling that word with an h) to be an authentic time – a time for connection.
Karen J. Bowles
There is a Trinity joke I want to share with you this morning. In Matthew 16 Jesus says “Whom do people say that I am?” And his disciples answered and said “Some say you are John the Baptist returned from the dead; others say Elias or other of the old prophets.” And Jesus asks “But whom do you say that I am?” And Peter answers “Thou are the Logos, existing in the father as his rationality and then by an act of his will being generated in consideration of the various functions by which God is related to his creation, but only on the fact that Scripture speaks of a Father and a Son and a Holy Spirit each member of the trinity being coequal with every other member and each acting inseparably with and interpenetrating every other member, with only an economic subordination with God but causing no division which would make the substance no longer simple.”
And Jesus answers, with “Say what?”
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