According to Wikipedia, the greeting “hello” as a telephone greeting is sometimes attributed to Thomas Edison. As the story goes, the word was initially a misunderstood version of the word “hullo” which was often used as an expression of surprise. In 1877, Edison wrote T. B. A. David, the president of the Central District and Printing Telegraph Company of Pittsburgh:

Friend David: I do not think we shall need a call bell as “Hello!” can be heard 10 to 20 feet away. What do you think?

Variously, the word is thought to be a variant of “hullo,” “hollo,” or “hallo” all calls to attention. Some think it might be from the Old English “hale be thou” or “whole be thou.” (en.wikipedia.rog/wiki/Hello)

Language is a funny thing. Whatever the words used, greetings have long been used to begin messages and letters. Such was certainly the case in the days of the New Testament. Paul uses common greetings to proclaim a decidedly Christian message, as revealed in his greeting to the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 1:1-3). This Sunday, we will discover the extraordinary reality that we serve a God of grace and peace.

See you Sunday!

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