January 2, 1994
Presentation of copies of the Word
Teachers bring their copies forward
Introduction to the Reading
We are gathered here to dedicate this classroom addition to the spiritual and natural uses of a New Church school. Hear then what is taught in the Sacred Script and in the Heavenly Doctrine of the New Jerusalem:
Old Testament Lesson:
DEU 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; 7 “you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
MIC 6:6 With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
New Testament Lesson:
MAT 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Heavenly Doctrines Lesson:
True Christian Religion 403 Who does not comprehend, that when a man desires to perform uses from spiritual love, which is from the Lord and is what is meant by the love of heaven, his natural man performs them by means of his wealth and his other goods (the sensual man cooperating in its function), and that it is to his honor to produce them? Who does not also comprehend that all the works that a man does with his body are done according to the state of his mind in the head; and if the mind is in the love of uses, the body by means of its members accomplishes them? And this is so, because the will and the understanding in their principles are in the head, and in their derivatives in the body, as the will is in deeds, and the thought in speech, and comparatively as the prolific principle of the seed is in the whole tree and in every part of it, and through these produces fruit, which is its use. Or it is like fire and light within a crystalline vase which thereby becomes warm and shows the light through it….
Notes for an Address by the Pastor
I. Divine Love conjoined with the Divine Wisdom to create the Universe
A. A Heaven from the Human Race
B. An eternal life of usefulness
C. Prepare for it by a life of usefulness to others
D. In so far as you did it to one of these….
II. Usefulness does not come naturally or easily, but must be taught
A. Education is for USE
B. To that end, we wish to dedicate a portion of our recourses to education
C. Because in that way we are supporting the Divine Purpose of Creation
III. To do this is not without risk
A. Priming the pump
B. We believe what we do here is worth the risk
C. Because the Lord has asked us to do it
D. Because what we want for our children, more than anything else, is eternal life
All Standing, the Pastor says:
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one God of heaven and earth, I dedicate this addition and rededicate these copies of the Word to serve in instructing children to learn to love and worship the Lord, and to become useful citizens in His eternal universe. AMEN