Pondering for Saturday, November 6, 2021

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Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 26: Year 1

Morning, Psalms75 and 76; Evening,  Psalms 23 and 27;
Ezra 9:1 and15Revelation 17:1 and 14Matthew 14:22 to 36:

“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.  And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,” (Matthew 14:22 and 23).

Among the many attributes of Jesus, he was a man of prayer. This is true for those I will mention below as well. I pray you too are a person of prayer.

Part 2 of 3

Today we remember William Temple, 98th Archbishop of Canterbury:

What I like most about Archbishop Temple is what he says about our church: “The Church exists primarily for the sake of those who are still outside it. It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion.”

We, the Church, are to go out at the dismissal and do the work and service of the Lord for who are not our members.

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Yesterday I watched the Episcopal memorial service for the Honorable Colin Powell.

 I was very moved by this Episcopal Sunday School teacher and leader of American citizens. I thought I should share with you his Thirteen Rules of Leadership.

The Honorable Colin Powell’s Thirteen Rules of Leadership are: 1. It ain’t as bad as you think! It will look better in the morning. 2, Get mad then get over it. 3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.  4. It can be done. 5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it. 6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision. 7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours. 8. Check small things. 9. Share credit. 10. Remain calm. Be kind. 11. Have a vision. Be demanding. 12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.  13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Taken from: Colin L. Powell’s Thirteen Rules of Leadership – United States Department of State .

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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