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Summary: There are walls which divide gender men and women. There are walls of social status that divide the affluent and the poor. Walls are all around us. And for many these walls bring a sense of comfort, and protection.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scripture readings prior to the Message. Today's assigned readings are: 2 Samuel 7:1-14; Psalm 89:20-37, Ephesians 2:11-22, and Mark 60:30-34, 53-56.

Robert Frost's famous work, ...."Mending Wall": ....is a wonderful poem ... full of humor..... and maybe a sense....of sadness.

It is about two neighbors ....who go through the same ritual each spring, ... meeting at the wall.... to repair it.

To refill the gaps ....that the fallen stones..... have left.

The neighbors have apparently done this ....for many years,..... yet it strikes the narrator in the poem to question ... just why it is .... that they have the wall ....in the first place.

They no longer have cows ....that might stray onto the others property.

So why is the wall there?

The reason for its purpose.... no longer exists?

Yet, it remains . . . Why?

(Slow) Because it has always...... been there.

The truth is:..... it is human nature .....to construct walls.

No age or age group ....has gone unshaped ....by the ....malicious power.....of the wall.

Its menacing power ....moves the length and breadth .....of human existence.

Paul calls it .....in our text.....the dividing wall..... a dividing wall....of hostility.

It is the wall...... that separates ... that fragments.... and that .....isolates.

It is the wall ....that keeps people ......apart.

It kills fellowship .....breeds prejudice ...... spreads gossip ....and sets loose .....the dogs of war.

It takes many forms ....but it always remains ....the same " Dividing Wall".

In our own society, ....we construct walls.

There are many walls ....that divide us .....as a people.

Over 150 years ago .....Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation .....yet still ....there are divisions ...between black.... and white.

There are walls ...which divide gender.... men and women.

There are walls of social status..... that divide the affluent..... and the poor.

Walls are all around us.

And for many..... they bring a sense of comfort, .....and a sense of protection.

Humankind must love walls, ....for we have built .....so many of them.

We live in a wall weary...... world. (Pause)

Paul is writing this letter.... to the believers gathered ....at the Church..... in Ephesus.

He emphasizes ....the blessings that are found in Christ, .... the power.... that is found in Christ.

And he reminds these Christians.... from whence they came...... "You.... were dead.... in your sin."

Beloved.....God is not about separation..... God is about.... building .....Building a body of believers....Building His church.

But, .....as any good construction worker can tell you, ....before you build . . . some things ....have to go.

Here Paul's words to the Church:

BIBLE "Therefore, .....remember that at one time.... you Gentiles by birth .....called the "un-circumcision" by those who are called "the circumcision"..... remember that you were at that time .....without Christ, .....being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel .....and strangers to the covenants of promise, .....having no hope ......and without God in the world." END Ephesians 2:11-12


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