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Creative Closing For Ordinary 32 - Year A
- George Hartwell -
Written by George Hartwell, 'Creative Closings' provide the preacher and liturgist with a way to lead the congregation to a deeper experience of the message of the selected Revised Common Lectionary text or texts for the day.   'Creative Closings' follow the sermon or homily and most often pick up on the theme of one of the sermons provided on the 'Sermons & Sermon - Lectionary Resources' site (as referenced in the 'the thematic background').   Each Creative Closing can also stand on it's own and might be used as well in a devotional or bible study session.

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THEMATIC BACKGROUND from: Tending The Lamp - Keeping The Light Burning
READING:  Matthew 25:1-13
CHARGE:  Be prepared! Be ready! Only you can insure that you will be 
ready for the bridegroom’s return

RESPONSE REQUIRED:  That I take responsibility for my own preparation, 
for my own readiness for the wedding feast.

Because we each must take responsibility for ourselves, I suggest that we use 
our time of silence to make our own individual and personal commitment to 
being ready and prepared to meet the Lord.  Decide what must do to be prepared.
Ask the Lord what you must do to be prepared.  Write out your commitment.  
Write your own prayer asking the Lord to prepare you.  Do this now as we take 
a few minutes of quiet to reflect on preparing ourselves for the wedding feast.

copyright - George Hartwell, 2002, 2005
            Rev. Richard J. Fairchild - Spirit Networks, 2002 - 2006
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