prv 3:27-34
ps 15:2-3a, 3-bc-4ab, 5
lk 8:16-18

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A Shining Example
"No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light." Luke 8:16

At the first service, he shyly sat down and softly played the loveliest music. Afterwards, this young, gay, homeless man explained that he had taught himself to play the piano.

The next time, he hesitantly asked if he could hand out song sheets. Then, he not only played the piano; he led the group in song.

During the third service, he belted out the words to "The Old Rugged Cross." His voice was beautiful!

Isn't this what Church should be? A place where ALL people – young and old, gay and straight, materially rich and materially poor, male and female – are encouraged and empowered to use their voices and to let their inner lights shine.

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Holy Spirit, help us become a Church that shines.