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Lent: Week 3

nu·mi·nous

ˈn(y)o͞omənəs/

adjective

  1. having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity.

“the strange, numinous beauty of this ancient landmark”

synonyms: spiritualreligiousdivineholysacred;

mysteriousotherworldlyunearthlytranscendent

“the numinous beauty of these ancient relics”

Numinous is a word not often used these days.  It is a word I learned while in seminary.  I like it and would like to practice it more.  But unless others around me know what it means, there isn’t much point in using it.  So, I’ve begun by teaching it to the confirmation class, and now to you, too.

The confirmands were working on an assignment to make an acrostic from the word “Presbyterian” that would help them remember what it means to be Presbyterian.  They got stuck when they came to the final “n.”  So I suggested they learn a new word: numinous.

In the message on Sunday I mentioned that our congregation is a business, and our business is to splash the living water of Jesus all over one another and throughout the community.  We are here, not to maintain a building, or even to maintain a regular service on Sundays, or Sunday School, or any other particular program.

WE ARE HERE TO SPLASH AROUND IN GOD’S LIVING WATER!

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