Prayer of Confession
Almighty and everlasting God, you
hate nothing you have
made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and
make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wickedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission
and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
Almighty and most
allow your Spirit to walk with us,
before us, beside us, and among us,
to revive, guide, comfort, and encourage,
and to give us strength as we go forth
into a world filled with darkness and despair.
In the name of Jesus the risen Christ. Amen.
Previously Published on DPS:
New Life from God
Rev. Randy Quinn
A couple of years ago I joined a
small group of pastors who wanted to learn to speak Spanish. We were living in
a community in which 60 – 70% of the residents were first and second generation
Americans, many of whom still spoke Spanish in their homes. Most of the pastors
had taken Spanish as a subject in High School or college, but none of us had
ever used it outside the classroom.
We began our time together with an
instructor who worked with us in an intensive class setting for one week. At
the end of that week most of us had reacquired our previous level of fluency.
But then our instructor told us what we already knew: if we don’t practice it
with our neighbors, if we don’t practice it with people in our community, we’ll
never really know how to speak Spanish.
A full year later, we still had
not practiced outside of our own little group. We had the skills, we all could
“listen in” on conversations taking place in our community, but only one of us
had ever joined one of those conversations.
The truth is we knew more about
Spanish than many of the people who spoke it fluently. But. But our fears kept
us from acting on what we knew, and for all intents and purposes, we did not
know what we professed to know.
We all would have learned more
Spanish had we spent time in conversation with people who knew little or no
English. We simply did not make ourselves available to those opportunities.
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