SUNDAY SERVICE
8:30 AM, CHAPEL: CONTEMPLATIVE
10:00 AM, SANCTUARY: TRADITIONAL

Greetings,

As we gather for worship this Sunday we are mindful of the turmoil that exists in many, many parts of the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with and for those whose circumstances hinder their ability to know and experience the peace and love that God has for them. In worship we do not hide ourselves and isolate ourselves from the chaos and pain of the world, but instead open ourselves to the One who holds us in the midst of it all.

Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

Grace & Peace,
Steve W


This week's worship information:

Sermon Series: Dearly Beloved
Sunday's Message: The Greatest of These

Scripture: [first text is the focus of the sermon. Passages are printed at the end of this email]:

1 Corinthians 13
Psalm 136:1-3, 23-26


Questions for Reflection:

  • How are you seeing/experiencing God at work in your life and/or in our community?

  • How do the actions of your life demonstrate your love for God?

  • This week we will be looking at what we mean by the word "love" when we say the greatest of these is LOVE. What do you think are the characteristics of godly love? Are they the same/different than the way the world understands love? How so?

  • How does growing in our relationship with Jesus affect our ability to understand and live out this godly love?

 

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Psalm 136:1-3, 23-26

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
O give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;

It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures for ever;
who gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.

O give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.