Do you know what is true and what is not?
Do you know what truth is, and what is not?
When you know it, and you discover an un-truth, a lie, can you lead to the truth in love? (Or are you tempted to either pick up a metphorical 2x4 and use it on the hard-headed, or just forget about it?)
This Sunday's worship is about speaking the truth of Jesus and his resurrection, and modeling our conversation after Paul visiting with the people of Athens. (Acts 17.16-21) Although "provoked" by the mistaken spirituality of Athens, he entered into dialogue with the Jews there and the philosophers of the day. He began by respecting what they were believing and then led them from there. He quoted their own poets to illustrate the true connection to God - and the grace upon grace that is illustrated in Creation and evident in Jesus' resurrection!
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit, "The Spirit of Truth." (John 14.17; 15.26; 16.13) His purpose, is to bear witness to Jesus and lead disciples to speak the truth - and do it in love!
We'll ask the Spirit of Truth to lead us in worship, and perhaps more importantly, lead us from worship to encounters like St Paul in Athens. There are many, many, gods out there, and together we'll seek ways to love and respect the people who follow them and then lead them by the same Spirit of Truth that has been leading the church since Pentecost!
See you soon, Good Lord willing,