|Posted by ureche1 on September 9, 2020 at 12:05 AM|
“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.”—Ephesians 4:29
“Is it true? Is it good? Is it necessary?”—Attributed to Socrates, Buddha, and others
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
—Epictetus, Greek philosopher
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”—Thumper’s mother in Bambi
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”, is an old saying that I believe we all are familiar with. Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten puts a different spin on that saying with this, “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts.” What Fulghum is saying is, words can and do hurt. What we say can affect the people we interact with beyond our intent and our imagination. How we say it can convey our ideas correctly or send the listener into a rage.
Most (even those introverts out there) of us love to talk, and we think our ideas are the best ones in the world. Sometimes we push our ideas onto others without recognizing that the listener may have good ideas of their own. In Ephesians, the author reminds us that we need to speak carefully so that our audience, of one or of many, can understand our ideas and hear their sincerity.
Some of us love gossip. We love to talk about the good things that happen to others, and, even more, we love to talk about the bad things attributed to those same persons. When we have some delicious tidbit to share in a group, we need to stop and think about whether it is true (did you fact-check it?), good (not juicy, but will it leave the listener feeling happy once having heard this?), and is it necessary (will it expand the conversation?). In many cases, probably not.
If we listen twice as much as we speak, we can make sure our words are helpful, not harmful. Sometimes we are in a rush to get our voice heard, and we stop hearing what others say, and we are on top of their statement before they have even finished their final sentence. That can cause a problem—they may have expressed our exact idea in their closing words, and now we look like we are trying to steal that same idea.
Have you been in a parking lot, waiting for the slowest driver in the world to pull out so you can grab that prized close-to-the-front-door space? What goes through your mind? I am not putting those thoughts into words; you know what they are, and I’ve thought them, too. You might even say them to whoever is in your vehicle with you! Won’t you feel awful if your companion turns out to be a relative of that pokey driver?
Words are important, necessary, and complicated. When we choose them well, our speech is accurate, and that is pleasing to God. When we spout off from the top of our head or black part of our heart, neither our intended recipient nor God will be happy.
It has been said that there are three things that can never be retrieved:
The arrow once sped from the bow
The word spoken in haste
The missed opportunity.
Think before you speak! Don’t be the person who has to make a statement similar to “I had my tongue wrapped around my eyetooth, and I couldn’t see what I was saying” in apology to the recipient and in repentance to God.
Blessings and peace.
3 Cody Bornholdt
Katie Bornholdt Albers
7 Jim Toews
9 Richard Castleberry
10 Barb Sisson
22 Verla Thomason
Norma Ray Friesen
25 Carolyn Pauls
26 Jessica Schierling
30 Freddie Stowe
3 Jerry & Ruth Sisson
8 Dan & Fay Binder
16 Scott & Connie Achilles
17 Raymond and Jeanne Osborn
Dennis and Crystal Schroeder
21 Kendall and Becky Knackstedt
Just for Fun. Did you know?
Did you know 11% of people are
left handed ?
Did you know an ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain?
Did you know lemons contain more sugar than strawberries?
Did you know rabbits like licorice?
Did you know the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON?
Did you know a cat has 32 muscles in each ear?
Please pray for these people
on their designated day in August
1) Rosetta Bartels
2) Dan and Fay Binder
3) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt
4) James Bornholdt
5) Tim and Terri Bornholdt
6) Steve and Theresa Buller
7) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John
9) Gene Ely
10) Gladys Erksin
11) Tim and Cindy Fay
12) Norma Friesen
13) Shirley Friesen
14) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel
15) Matt, Brenna Harris Suttyn, Kru, Mac
16) Gretchen Kimble
17) Kendall, Becky Knackstedt, Kristen, Tanner
18) Phyllis Knackstedt
19) Vicki Lindenberger
20) Mike and Dorothy Luty
21) Mike and Kimba McCormick
22) Randy and Darcel Miles, Aisjha
23) Dave and Cynde Neufeld
24) Rachel Neufeld
25) Ellen Neufeld
26) Ray and Jeanne Osborn
27) Charlie and Carolyn Pauls
28) Lenore Postier
29) Loren and Denise Postier
30) Elva Rump
31) Devin and Jessica Schierling Karson, Kash, Kella
Revised Common Lectionary Readings
August 2 Genesis 32:22-31
August 9 Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
1 Kings 19:9-18
August 16 Genesis 45:1-15
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: 10-20, 21-28
August 23 Exodus 1:8-2:10
August 30 Exodus 3:1-15
Betty Bengston, Virgil Bengston,
James Bornholdt, Kyle Buller,
Steve and Theresa Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand, Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Gretchen Kimble, Danny Parr,
Loren and Denise Postier, Kairos Prison Ministry,
Gene and Karen Schierling,
Jim and Sophia Stephens, Connie Achilles,
Amy Phillips, Verla Thomason
We mourn with you
Craig Appleby Family and Friends
Mike Rice Family and Friends
Sunday, August 2
Thursday, August 6
Saturday, August 8
Sunday, August 9
Kara Ayers will be our
and Sunday, August 16
will be our guest speaker
while Pastor Dennis
is out of the office for vacation.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, August 21
12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 22
Featuring Idlewood Trio and
Sunflower Stompers Clogging Team
Homemade Ice Cream
Event is outside. Bring a lawn chair.
Wednesday, August 26
Pleasant View Home Worship Service
Thursday, August 27
Inman Community Food Pantry
Tuesday- 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday-10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
620-585-2627 or dmiller5906 @gmail.com
St. Peter's is staffing the food pantry during August. Volunteers are needed for the following dates. Training is provided.
Tuesday, 8-4: Joyce Anderson, Verla Thomason
Thursday, 8-6: Ruth Sisson, Need 1
Tuesday: 8-11: Need 2
Thursday, 8-13. Need 2
Tuesday, 8-18: Verla Thomason, Need 1
Thursday, 8-20, Need 2
Tuesday, 8-25, Joyce Anderson, Need 1
Thursday, 8-27, Need 2
Requested items for the Food Pantry
Hamburger Helper, spaghetti sauce, chips (any kind), saltine crackers, snack crackers, cereal, breakfast cereal type bars, peanut butter, jam and jelly, pancake mix (complete) and syrup,
pasta, noodles, canned chicken (no tuna), Jello, cake mix, frosting, pie filling, flour, sugar, salt, cooking oil, mayonnaise, and salad dressing.
Also asking for nonfood items: toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, toothpaste, laundry soap, fabric softener, bleach, dish soap, spray cleaners, foil, plastic wrap, and Ziplock bags.
Farm to Families Program
is part of the CARES Act and is available for anyone.
A box of produce, dairy, and milk is available every Friday at the Inman High School
at appx. 11:30 a.m.
More information and times are posted on the city’s Facebook page
Mark Your Calendars
St. Peter’s UCC
Fall Schedule will resume
Sunday, September 6
Sunday School will resume on
Sunday, September 13
at 9:30 a.m.
Proper social distancing
and precautions will be required.
St Peter’s United Church of Christ
107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506
Inman, Kansas 67546
Pastor Dennis Ureche—firstname.lastname@example.org
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor
Ellen Neufeld, Organist
Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary
Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM
Morning Worship 10:30 AM
June thru August: No Sunday School
Morning Worship 9:30 AM
Followed by Brunch
St. Peter's United Church of Christ 111 N. Pine St. Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627