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Creative Closing For Ordinary 03 - Year A
- George Hartwell -
Written by George Hartwell, 'Creative Closings' provide the preacher and liturgist with a way to lead the congregation to a deeper experience of the message of the selected Revised Common Lectionary text or texts for the day. 'Creative Closings' follow the sermon or homily and most often pick up on the theme of one of the sermons provided on the 'Sermons & Sermon - Lectionary Resources' site (as referenced in the 'the thematic background'. Each Creative Closing can also stand on it's own and might be used as well in a devotional or bible study session.

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"If you can't hear the voices beside you - you're singing too loudly."

Harmony requires that we be able to hear others,
that we deliberately alter our behaviour and our attitudes so that we
can hear our brothers and sisters hearts and voices.

In Corinth at the time of Paul, no one was listening.

They were not listening because each person was fully convinced in his
or her mind that he or she was correct - that they had the whole
picture - the only right picture - the picture that others needed to
have if they were to be truly called righteous, if they were to be
truly considered part of the body of Christ.

In fact in Corinth almost everyone was shouting - almost everyone was
putting their views, their understanding, their philosophy concerning
what was right and good first - and ignoring, neglecting, or
condemning anyone who differed from their norms and their rules.

In this time of silent prayer consider your part in preventing the
breakdown of a community you belong to.  Do you need to be real about
yourself?  Do you need to stop pushing your agenda on everybody?  Do you
need to humble yourself in some way?  In this time of silence ask God:
“What do I need to do to be a part of the solution and less of a
problem for this community?” …. Let’s take a moment to listen to God.

copyright - George Hartwell, 2002, 2005 
            Rev. Richard J. Fairchild - Spirit Networks, 2002 - 2006
            please acknowledge the appropriate author if citing these resources.

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