The following is a sermon presented by the Rev`d Alison Hardy at our Service of Holy Communion on Sunday 7th February, the second Sunday before Lent.
This Sunday, the first after Epiphany and the Second Sunday before Lent, we look at God’s unfolding plan of Wisdom in his creation. The passage from the book of Proverbs establishes Wisdom as the very first of God’s works before all else, present at the beginning before God called Creation into being.
The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago
If God’s first work was that of calling upon Wisdom, how much more do we need wisdom in all that we do?
The Epistle to the early church in Colossae establishes another of the first of God’s works at Creation, namely that of Christ through whom all things were created.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation
Christ and Wisdom were present in the very beginning. Christ’s words of wisdom are encountered in the Gospel reading from Matthew.
Be wise as serpents.
We are called to be as wise as serpents. At the same time we are reminded to remain as innocent as doves and to allow our peace to come upon those whom we meet.
Our ‘wisdom’ is that we know our dependency upon God, our need to be innocent before him, resting in a trusting child-like faith of utter dependency. As we do so, we allow our peace to rest upon the houses of those we encounter.
This morning we pray for God’s peace upon his house, the church of North Petherwin, and the homes of all who dwell in this parish. We pray in our wisdom for God’s forgiveness of all our faults and short-comings, and we ask for his blessing and protection to all. We commit this house, his church, to his care.
to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer:
we praise you for the many blessings
you have given to those who worship you here:
and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you,
and, being filled with the Holy Spirit,
may become a living temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.