Lawrence College Chapel Restoration Rededication Service November 2007

Background
John Lawrence a Christian in Government service in 18th C. British India founded Lawrence College in the foothills of the Himalayas for sons and daughters of native Civil Servants

After Partition in 1947 the school became a boys only establishment for the sons of elite Pakistanis. A tiny Christian community remained. In time the chapel fell into disuse and disrepair.

The present Muslim Principal happened to meet an Old Gallian (former LC Student), Dan Bavington, a Christian and founder of ZOR Engineers. The Principal told Dan: “As a Muslim, I am ashamed to see this House of God, with its roof partially collapsed, in such a poor state.”

Later through the generous help of the Governor of the Punjab, who was also the Chairman of the school Governors, Government money was released for the total restoration of the School Chapel two years later.

Muslims & Christians attended the Service

Murree Christian School choir brought music

Refreshments afterwards

Mr Saleem of ZOR Engineers

Chapel Address on the occasion of The Re-dedication of The College Chapel of Lawrence College, Ghora Gali, Murree Readings from the Holy Bible 1. The Old Testament PROVERBS 9 vv 1-6

Exegeting

Proverbs 9:1-6

Proverbs 9:1-6
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those that lack judgement. “Come and eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”

Step 1. List the units of thought:
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those that lack judgement. “Come and eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”

Step 2. Shape the Structure:
Wisdom has she has She has and she has also She has and she she built her house; hewn out its seven pillars. prepared her meat mixed her wine; set her table. sent out her maids, calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” says to those that lack judgement. “Come and eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; Walk in the way of understanding.”

Step 3. Observe the different parts:
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those that lack judgement. “Come and eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.” Who?
• • • • • • • • • • • • • •

OBSERVATIONS

Wisdom (= ?) W’s maids The simple / lack judgement W’s house & its 7 pillars W’s meat & wine W’s table Simple ways The way of understanding

What?

Where? Why?
In order to live

[When?]

The city’s highest point “Here” (W’s house)

How?
By eating & drinking W’s fare By leaving simple ways By walking in the way of understanding

Step 4. Question the meaning & significance of the parts
• Who / what is “wisdom”? Wisdom has built her house; • What are the seven pillars? Why she has hewn out its seven pillars. are they hewn out (of stone)? She has prepared her meat • Why is the wine mixed? and mixed her wine; • Why has wisdom done every-thing she has also set her table. herself in preparation for her She has sent out her maids, guests? • Who are the simple that lack and she calls from the highest point judgement? of the city. • What are the simple ways they “Let all who are simple must leave? come in here!” • What kind of life is promised? she says to those that lack judgement. • What is the choice presented? “Come • What is the difference between and eat my food “eating & drinking” and drink the wine and “walking”? that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”

Step 5. Suggest some Answers (either by reflection or by referring to commentaries)
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those that lack judgement. “Come and eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”

• Wisdom: the wisdom of God the Creator of a wisely ordered universe • Seven: suggests perfection or simply a mark of a prosperous home • Hewn out pillars: suggests effort, craftsmanship • Mixed wine: enjoyment, richness, complexity, subtlety of wisdom

Step 6. What is the over-all Subject of the passage?
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those that lack judgement. “Come and eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”

Wisdom
- the wisdom of God the Creator of a wisely ordered universe

Wisdom Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. • Has gone to great She has prepared her meat trouble to prepare and mixed her wine; for her guests she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, • Invites to her and she calls from the highest point house all who lack of the city. her insight “Let all who are simple come in here!” • Invites the simple she says to those that lack judgement. to feed at her rich “Come table and eat my food and drink the wine • Exhorts them to that I have mixed. obey her Leave your simple ways and you will live; instruction walk in the way of understanding.”

Step 7. What does the passage say about this over-all Subject?

• Promises them life

Step 8. What is the heart-beat of the passage?
Note:

The Heart-Beat
of a passage is the central point or

core message
of that passage.

What is the heart-beat of the passage?
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those that lack judgement. “Come and eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”

Suggestion

Really to live embrace Wisdom

The Chapel Address

Exposition
Wisdom and Love are two of the most previous treasures we can ever have • true wisdom, as opposed to false wisdom (which we call folly) and • true love, as opposed to all the cheap and false kinds of love that this world offers.

Where can true wisdom and true love be found? That is the most important question a young man can ever ask. The Book of Proverbs was written to answer this crucial question. For it was written as guidance to young men on how to follow the straight path.

In particular this section speaks about • Wisdom personified as – a responsible woman of character, in contrast with a second woman, • Folly, – a woman of loose character.

Wisdom has built a house • she has worked hard to cut stones for it; • she has gone to much trouble to adorn it with 7 pillars; • she has completed her task perfectly, (for 7 symbolises both perfection and completion)

But more than completing a beautiful building, • she has prepared a wonderful meal with special drinks, and • she has set the table herself in readiness for guests; • she has sent out her servants with the invitations, but many are too busy with other more important business, so • she goes out herself and calls people to come.

Who is this woman Wisdom? – Is she not the wisdom of God himself - offered to us? This House of God that we re-dedicate today is not only a beautiful building. It is also the place where God invites us to come and be fed on His Word.

This House of God as well as being a place of prayer is also a place for spiritual nourishment.

God invites us to come away from the busyness of our lives outside and find time and space to listen to Him speaking to us in His Holy Word from which He feeds us spiritually, and from where we will get our true Wisdom and learn of His real Love.

May we want to come and accept His loving invitation to dine with Him!

The End

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