Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Reflection by Janet Derby
Children learn what they live. I imagine you are familiar with the poem that talks about how a child is influenced by his or her surroundings and is influenced more by what we do than what we say. That is a great responsibility we bear, and not easy to always live as wisely and gratefully as we should. One of the ways we can hold ourselves accountable is by being in a small group. Yesterday was Rally Sunday at Pilgrimage, when we kick off the Christian Education year. We have multiple options available for all ages. Consider availing yourself of at least one of these opportunities to learn to live wisely. In doing so, you will also be an example for our children and youth.
Prayer: From the UCC devotional by John A. Nelson
“I will bless the Provider at all times; praise of our Sustainer shall continually be in my mouth …" "I will bless the Healer at all times; praise of Wholeness shall continually be in my mouth …" "I will bless the Comforter at all times; praise of our Shepherd shall continually be in my mouth …" "I will bless Peace at all times; praise of Harmony and Justice shall continually be in my mouth …"
"I will bless Love at all times; praise of Holy Unity shall continually be in my mouth!"