Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of: September 2, 2018
Scripture: James 1:17-27
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves ...
(James 1:26a, NIV)
Throughout the book of James, the writer reminds us how destructive words can be. Today, as we listen to the daily news, we realize how toxic words have become.
Consider how often words have torn apart relationships in our families and in our world. Words can break down community and threaten the worship ministries we seek to lead. Yet, as James admits, taming our tongues is harder than taming wild animals.
In a previous Fellowship Reflection, Mark Miller introduced the song, "I Need You to Survive," by Hezekiah Walker, that says, "I won't harm you with words from my mouth."
How can we, as worship arts leaders, tame our tongues so that our words do not harm? How can our words be bridges of peace in dealing with disputes among the people with whom we work? How can we use words to build up, rather than break down; to support, rather than gossip; to love, rather than hate; to inspire, rather than destroy? How do we fill our mouths with words that honor God?
Living Word, tame our tongues to keep us from harming others with our words. Speak your Word of love through us. Amen.
Director, Earthen Pot Ministries
St. Paul, MN
Photo: Choir members sing during worship in Stuart Auditorium on Monday morning at Music & Worship Arts Week 2018. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)