Sunday, June 18, 2017
10:15 a.m. Worship

Serving Our Church This Sunday:
Liturgist: Barb Okonek
Greeter: Evan Ramstad

Scripture: Psalm 100, Luke 11:2
Sermon: The Practice of Reverence: “We did not make ourselves”

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Does that mean being afraid of God makes you smart and cautious? Or do you prefer my usual translation which turns fear into awe and respect and invites us to value what God wishes for us to do? When we begin the prayer Jesus taught us we say: “Father in heaven, may your name be holy.” The word Holy means sacred or special. The theme for worship this Sunday is the practice of reverence. Reverence is a way to combine fear and awe and sacredness. The scripture is Psalm 100, but not the version found in the NRSV which is linked above. The sermon text is verse 3 as found in the felicitous mistranslation done by the scholars who gave us the KJV:  Know ye that the Holy One is God: it is God that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are God’s people, and the sheep of God’s pasture.

The awareness that we did not make ourselves can lead us to reverence. The practice of reverence, toward God and other living beings, and even toward objects, is one of the beginnings of wisdom.

What do you regard as worthy of reverence in your life? How do you display and practice that reverence?.

Holy One, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Amen.