So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age?
1 Cor 1:20 (Message)
Send forth your wisdom, O Lord, to live in our hearts, to work in our lives and to speak in our consciences; that all our thoughts, words and actions may conform to your will and reveal your glory; through Christ our Lord.
Welcome to our preacher this morning Rev Richard Sharples
After service tea hosts Val and Betti
Organist: Joan McGowan
Sunday 22nd January
11.00am Deacon Lisa Rathbone
Vestry Steward – Sheila
Door Steward – Warren
Tea Hosts – Warren and Vera
Mon 16th Circuit Men’s Supper at Gresford 7.00pm Alistair Williams – Photographic Tour of Wrexham
Tue 17th Oasis of Silence – Regent Street at 12.30pm for 20 minutes
Wed 18th Discipleship in Community Regent Street 6.30pm
Tue 24th Cytun Week of Prayer for Christian Unity St Francis, Llay, 7.00pm
Wed 25th Midweek Communion at Regent Street, 11.15am
Wed 25th “Time Out” a monthly reflective worship 2.00pm at the home of Barry and Angela Smith
Sun 29th Messy Church in the hall 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Please pray for the following:
Keith and Myra Baugh
Pete and Ruby Kasprowicz
All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.
It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.
This text is one of the loveliest and most important biblical texts that respond to the question: “What is the world like? How does it work?” The text is framed as a speech by “wisdom” who is presented as an active agent who has a voice for self-announcement. It is the work of the poet to bring to availability that which remains hidden but is deeply operative in the working of creation.
Wisdom identifies three relationships that are crucial to the working the world. First, wisdom has a peculiar relationship with the creator. “I was beside him” from the beginning.
Wisdom was a “master workman” who did the work of the creator. Wisdom brought delight and joy to the creator. Wisdom is the one in whom the creator is well pleased. This reflects a durable companionship between wisdom and the creator.
In Christian tradition this claim of wisdom has morphed into inchoate Trinitarian theology so that wisdom from this text appears as the “word” (logos) in John 1:1-18 or in other texts as God’s generative Spirit. The text itself does not articulate anything about “the Christ” or “the word” who creates, but the interpretive trajectory set in motion here makes that claim.
Second, wisdom describes its (her?) relationship to all the creatures who come after and in the wake of wisdom. Not only are all the other creatures after, but they are created in and through the work of wisdom. Thus before wisdom no deep seas, no springs of water, no hills, no fields, no “bits of soil.” The creator creates with wisdom:
He established the heavens;
He made firm the skies above;
He established the foundations of the deep;
He assigned to the sea it limits.
God did all of this; but wisdom was there with God and so is implicated in the act of creation and in the continuing sustenance of creation.
But third, wisdom has a practical connection to human beings who live in God’s created, well ordered world. Thus this entire speech of wisdom is a summons to humanity. (The wisdom tradition is famous for lacking all “sectarian” interest, so that no specific group or community or nation is addressed. The truth of wisdom pertains to all human beings without exception.) Wisdom summons human beings—all of them!—to “learn prudence, acquire intelligence”—that is, pay attention! And in the coda of verses 32-36 wisdom assures that those who heed wisdom are happy and have life. Conversely those who miss wisdom injure themselves and love death.
Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary