Power Of Words (Spoken)

Sunday, December 19th, 2021


Genesis 1:1-5 ESV

The Creation of the World

1 In the (A)beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was (B)without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 And God said, (C)“Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

God is the original Spoken Word Artist



(Opening Poem)

We can be superheroes and villains in each other’s lives

as millstones slung around necks

or as protective angels helping joy thrive

Word and deed. Deed and word.

We have all heard our bodies bleed,

so why do we need it to be confirmed?

The Word was original deed

and every deed needed the Word

so before the Word can be heeded

it’s deeds must first be understood

The power of words spoken

earnestly said or learnedly joking

compassionately read or sarcastically broken

Something can hit you like a ton of bricks

or like a revelation which lightens your load

for words shape us more than stones or sticks

collapsing on ourselves as if we might explode

Poets are the bridges between despair and hope, the ones who help tie the not, at the end of your rope, who paint paisley brazenly on the slippery slope

There are many names ascribed to God

my personal favorites are master artist

and author of life

For only God knows my unfolding story

as the superhero beyond all strife


*****Give out implements for Holiday Haikus

as well as doodling and note taking if so desired*****


John 1:1-5 ESV

The Word Became Flesh

1 (A)In the beginning was (B)the Word, and (C)the Word was with God, and (D)the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 (E)All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 (F)In him was life,[a] and (G)the life was the light of men. 5 (H)The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

God shows us the power of spoken word artistry.


“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”

Margaret Atwood


“Truth without compassion is cruelty.”

— Antero Alli



1. Poets of the Bible (Job)

2. Andrea Gibson

3. Rudy Francisco

4. Nature Poem of the Night

5. Amanda Gorman

6. Ashlee Haze

7. Personal Poem ‘The Savior’


Close with presentation of Holiday Haikus

Closing Prayer

‘Keep’ a frictionless benediction

Further Personal Reading

Poetry in the Old Testament

How and Why We Should Read the Poetry of the Old Testament for Public Life Today

God speaks poetry


Why is poetry important?



Being heard, stirred, and perhaps cured by life's many hidden images and the written-spoken word.
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