Wise and foolish builders …

  1. Reading 1: Genesis 11: 1-9
  2. Announcements: sister Nancy’s birthday … 12/25 … prayer service at the Capitol in Olympia. It might not happen, it might happen. Stay in contact with your loved ones, don’t hesitate to call. Don’t give up hope, remember this is the season of hope. The “apology” for “coarse language” and the darkness …
  3. Reading 2: Nehemiah 2: 11-20
  4. Prayer for the builder: https://dfgtc.org/iglooluau/?p=3777
  5. Reading 3: Matthew 7: 24-29
  6. Reading 4: Ephesians 2: 19-22
  7. Discussion: “build back better” rhetoric … tear it down, build it back … this is simplistic. building … what we build? why we build? does God want us to build? Jesus came from a family of hard workers, builders, creators. He also descended from a line of warriors, heroes, like King David and King Solomon … What should we build? Icons to our power? Icons and buildings in honor of God? – Medieval cathedral boom … could we have lived on the Moon by 1940, if we had avoided the banking scams and the wars? these are questions. Building strong and healthy families? – that’s part of it … building free and dignified communities? – that counts too. Not all payoff will be in gold for the master builder …
  8. Moment of silence: measure twice, cut once … let’s meditate on our skills, our brains, our reason and tools … and let us use these with intelligence, hard work, but also in alignment with our duties as Christians.
  9. Lord’s Prayer
  10. Blessing