This message was the first one opened at JtM CPG meeting on Thursday 12th May, 2016, after a Prayer to the Holy Spirit. (An overview of the JtM CPG meeting was posted yesterday) The prayer theme was: Salvation of souls.
Bible: Wisdom of Ben Sirach 41: 14-22 (or Ecclesiasticus olr Wisdom of Ben Sirach)
14 Keep my instructions and be at peace, my children. Wisdom hidden away and treasure undisplayed, what use is either of these?
15 Better someone who hides his folly than one who hides his wisdom.
16 Preserve a sense of shame in the following matters, for not every kind of shame is right to harbour, nor is every situation correctly appraised by all.
17 Be ashamed, before father and mother, of depraved behaviour, and before prince or potentate of telling lies;
18 of wrong-doing before judge or magistrate, and of impiety before the assembly of the people;
19 of sharp practice before your companion and your friend, and of theft before the neighbourhood you live in.
20 Before the truth and covenant of God, be ashamed of leaning elbows on the table,
21 of being ungracious when giving or receiving, of ignoring those who greet you,
22 of gazing at a loose woman, of repulsing your fellow-countryman,
23 of misappropriating another’s portion or gift, of paying court to another man’s wife,
24 of making advances to his servant-girl — do not go near her bed-
25 of saying disagreeable things to friends — do not follow up a gift with a taunt-
26 of repeating everything you hear and of betraying confidences.