I rarely repeat sermons. I have ‘conference/retreat’ sessions that I’ve repeated numerous times, but rarely do complete sermons garner a second chance in the pulpit. Having said that, I often find myself repeating stories told in sermons, poems recited in sermons, prayers prayed during sermons, and lists presented in sermons. People often request copies of these elements. This past Sunday’s sermon generated such requests, so here are the elements you requested:
U.S. Court System Guidelines for Civil Discourse
1) Speak your truth as you understand it.
2) Moderate your tone.
3) Be conscious of your facial expressions and body language.
4) Listen attentively to other perspectives.
5) Do not repeat yourself.
Election Year Advice from John Wesley
1) Vote without fee or reward for the person you judge most worthy.
2) Speak no evil of the person you vote against.
3) Take care your spirit is not sharpened against those who voted on the other side.
The Prayer of St. Francis and the Interpretive Thought of Pope Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
All communication should lead to communion. (Pope Francis)