Word: We will be preaching on the Three Simple Rules of John Wesley at church over the next three weeks. And by me, I mean my senior pastor will be preaching. The rules are do no harm, do all the good you can, and stay in love with God. These week, the focus is do no harm. I was reading the very short book by Bishop Job titled, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living. He offers these thoughts: The first simple rule is “Do no harm.” It is not that complicated. Even a child can understand what it means, and it is applicable to everyone at every stage of life. And when practiced, it works wonders in transforming the world around us. Most of us have observed and experienced the struggle to resolve complex and difficult issues. I have found that when this first simple rule was reme
"Things fall apart, the center cannot hold." We are no strangers to the falling apart; We perpetrate against the center of our lives, and on some days it feels like an endless falling, like a deep threat, like rising water, like ruthless wind. But you...you in the midst, you back in play, you rebuking and silencing and ordering, you creating restfulness in the very eye of the storm. You...be our center: cause us not to lie about the danger, cause us not to resist your good order. Be our God. Be the God you promised, and we will be among those surely peaceable in your order. We pray in the name of the one through whom all things hold together. Amen.
We have heard of your wondrous power, the ways in which you make newness, the ways in which you defeat death, the ways in which you give life. We trust you in the night while we sleep; we rise early in the morn to find you alert, active, engaged. You dazzle us day and night. Yet we notice the place where you are curbed, you are fringed, you are held. Your newness we do not see...so we wait. Keep us easy at night in our wait. Keep us vigilant in day while we wait. Keep our wait fixed on you you alone, you and none other...and we will rejoice. Amen