Scripture Reading for July 17, 2011

Ephesians 4:25-32

 25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up,<a onmouseover="return overlib('Other ancient authorities read building up faith‘);” onmouseout=”return nd();” href=”javascript:void(0);”>* as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

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Questions: 

We are advised, “in your anger, do not sin.”  This is a tall order. There are so many reasons we feel angry, and many of them justified. Anger can be a motivator to take responsible action. But when does anger morph into an ongoing state that causes us to erupt at minor annoyances or to become generally irritable, frustrated or depressed? What is the role of anger in a life of faith? These themes were explored in a sermon I preached in 2003, but recent events in politics and my observation of the reactions of people around me brought the theme back to mind. This dusted-off and updated sermon will invite us to explore these themes once again and in light of our current situation.

    Jeffrey Sartain, Executive Minister

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