This past Sunday, we had an installation of officers for our LWML. I was given two “rites.” The first was Installation Service. The second was Installation and Rededication Service. The first service was usable. Actually, it was something which could have been included in the LSB Agenda. The second service was longer and more responsive. Below is a reading from “Scripture” from that service. It comes from The Living Bible. If you’re not familiar with The Living Bible, it is a paraphrased version of the Bible.
Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, prophesy then whenever you can-as often as your faith is strong enough to receive a message from God. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons are strong and helpful. If God has given you money, be generous in helping others with it. If God has given you administrative ability and put you in charge of the work of others, take the responsibility seriously. Those who offer comfort to the sorrowing should do so with Christian cheer. Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.
So, you be the judge. Does that sound like anything you’ve ever read before?