Holy God, as we present our tithes and offerings in worship, we know we come from a world that is tearing itself apart due to division. Even among your followers, we find ourselves shutting down and closing ourselves to those who don’t think or act as we do. We need to be reminded that you desire unity and one mind from your children – not a church void of disagreement, but one where we work at listening in love more than working at speaking louder and winning the day. We dedicate not just our gifts but our minds to the work of your unifying love. In Christ, we pray. Amen. (1 Corinthians 1:10-18)
Have the Same Mind
Glimpses of the Kin-dom
Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A
This is a hard one, don’t you think? In our increasingly contentious society and world, to consider that a sign of the kin-dom is that the community has the same mind might be a bit of an overreach. Yet here is the call from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. And we’re still in chapter 1!