Four cards, one with a large A printed on it, one with a
Z, one with an Alpha symbol and one with an Omega symbol
Good morning! How well do you all know your alphabet? How many can tell me what the first letter is in the English alphabet? (Let them answer.) That's right. The first letter is A. (Show the A.) Now what is the last letter in the English alphabet? (Let them answer.) You're right again. The last letter is a Z. (Show the Z.)
If someone were to say to you that he knew something from A to Z, what would he be saying? (Let them answer.) It would mean that he knew it all. He would mean that he knew it completely.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.