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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
Our Words ...
The Letter of James to the early church offers great wisdom for us today. James was a teacher, and early Christian church leader, who writes to tell people how to live the Christian way.
Much of his epistle is about how what we say can hurt, how words, simple words from that little organ we call the tongue can cause great hurt if misused.
Remember that old playground chant: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."
Can you get any further from the truth? Ask anyone who has been a childhood victim of verbal bullying; or any adult who has been the victim of workplace gossip or bullying - names, words, can, and do hurt, when they are used in anger or to belittle or disparage another. They hurt in the moment, and they can leave lasting hurt. In some instances, lasting trauma.
Essentially, what the writer of James offers is wisdom for the ages - that message that our tongue, and our words have power to be blessing and power to be curse.
And in today's world, I think we can extend the idea of the power of the tongue to the power of the fingertips and social media. With the touch of our fingertips on a keyboard, and hitting "post", we have the power to uplift and praise people, or we have the power to hurt and diminish people, in a way that goes so much further than the confines of the schoolyard or the workplace.
As you encounter friend and stranger alike, face to face, or online - be mindful of how your words can be a blessing, or can be hurtful - and that as the body of Christ, we are called to be blessing to the world.
Blessings and peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Are you someone who someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn more about the story of Easter, or any of the other stories of our faith? You're welcome to join us in worship on Sundays, in Olds at 10:00 am, and in Sundre at 1:30 pm. If you'd like to have a conversation with me, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office - 403-556-3052 and we can set up an appointment!
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Daily Scripture Reading
Acts 4:12 - "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
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