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
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.”
“Truth without compassion is cruelty.”
— Antero Alli
OUTLINE OF CONTENT
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
‘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?