Abide in My Love

Abide in My Love

God is love.

That simple phrase carries a beautiful and accurate sentiment that has gotten lost in our commercialized world. We see it used on bumper stickers, billboards and co-opted by organizations with their own agendas.

But God truly is love. The natural world world wants to see God as rules, judgement and punishment. But who created love? Who first showed love? Who gave His only begotten Son? God.

And Christ tells us in our Scripture reading to abide in His love. His love which comes from the Father. The Father who loved us first, loves us now and will always love us.

God is love.

Today’s sermon is based on Jesus’ teachings in John 15:

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 ‚ÄúThis is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Click here to open the bulletin in a new tab or scroll down to view it here.

Announcements

Voters Meeting: Our next meeting will be May 16th at 3 p.m. Agenda as of today is routine reports.

Information Class: This is a topical class and all are welcome to at anytime! We meet on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at church.

Donations: Unfortunately the expenses go on. If you wish to make a donation please mail them to the St. James post office box as that is a secure location.

LWML: Funds are still needed to support ongoing activities. Please send donations to Margaret Ebert.

Prayer requests. Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Jenson, Deacon Poe, or Loyd Harris (bulletin typist). They will printed in the bulletin and prayed in the Sunday service. The deadline is Tuesday for mailing on Wednesday. Remember if you are bringing a prayer request on behalf of another person their permission must be obtained.

Prayer during a pandemic:

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Visitors: 2562

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *