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Rev. Rhonda Kouterick

First United Methodist Church in Horseheads

1034 W. Broad St.

Horseheads, N. Y.  14845

Telephone: (607) 739-1943




           March  2019

        words create worlds

Food for Thought

And God Said

Genisis 1NSRV

In the beginning when God created the heacens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. (1-3) ...And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind:...and it was so. (24)...God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good...(31) 

"Words create worlds." 

     Think about this quote from theologian, Abraham Joshua Heschel.  "Words create worlds" Heschel was explaining to his daughter that words were God's tool for creation in Genesis.

       As a World War II survivor, he also taught her about the way Adolf Hitler used words to create his evil regime.  Explaining thet Hitler did not come to power in Germany with guns and tanks, but with words- defamation & propaganda.

          Heschel was right; words created the world of the 1940s.  He was also right from a Biblical sense.  In the book of Genesis we read that God used words to create the heavens and earth.

          Words have great significance, which is why the Scriptures speak so much about the importance of choosing our words and guarding our tongue.  The book of Proverbs tells us "Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity" (21:23)  Paul in Ephesians 4:29 warns us to "not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths."

         (From the introduction to "52 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know")  Words are ever so important; what we say to others and to ourselves changes the way we view things.  Recall some good words you've hung on to and the difference they've made in your life.  Indeed, "Words create worlds." 

The Word Became Flesh                                                 John 1:1-5NSRV

 In the beginning ws the Word, & the Word was with God, & the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. 

All things cane into being through him,

& without him not one thing came into being. 

What has come into being in him was life,

& the life was the light of all people. 

The light shines in the darkness, & the darkness did not overcome it.


suggested readings



  • 3/3/19  Last Sunday after Epiphany: Exodus 34:19-35, Psalm 99,      2 Corinthians 3"12-4:2, Luke 9:28-36
  • 3/10/19  1st Sunday in Lent:Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2 & 9-16, Romans 10:8b-13 & 15:1-11, Luke 4:1-13 
  • 3/17/19  2nd Sunday in Lent: Genesis 15:1-12 & 17-18, Psaln 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:1-9
  • 3/24/19  3rd Sunday in Lent: Isaiah 5:5:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8, 1Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9
  • 3/31/19  4th Sunday in Lent: Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3 & 11b-32


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