Sermon-Meditation for 11-1-10

Since I am not here for worship on the first Sunday of November I thought I would send you a meditation for consideration.
Scripture: The end of all things is at hand.  Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers.  Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.
Sleep Not
These are unsettling and tumultuous times.  The world is changing, the country is changing, the  Church is changing, and we ourselves are changing; all in strange and difficult ways.  What is going on?  How are we to respond to all that is happening around us?  Stay awake, because you know not the day or hour when Jesus may come to call.  In the meantime, whom do we trust?  Whom do we follow and believe?
We are coheirs with Christ and the Apostles, Jews and Gentiles, in the promise foretold.  Coheirs in the promise, and in the tasks and responsibilities given to us.  Stay awake for Jesus will need us wide-eyed and alert, ready to do his will, to the work of the coming Kin-dom.  Are we ready or have we grown slack, taking it easy, ignoring the right way, indulging ourselves?  Are we more used to giving commands that to receiving them?  Will we be prepared, or will we be too busy enjoying life?  We are all in this together, waiting for the signal.  Or are we?
Stay Awake!   Stay vigilant!
Sleep not.  Be not concerned about gathering riches, in lording it over others.   Be prepared to sacrifice.  Stay awake or you will miss his coming.  In this time of turmoil and doubt, look to Jesus to show you the way.  Rejoice because you are promised salvation if you just wait upon the Lord.
Show us your way, Lord.  Help us to stay alert, ready for that time when all things will be made new.  Then we will rejoice for we will all be one.
I found this by Diana L. Hayes a professor emerita of  systematic theology at Georgetown University and author of many books.




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