Welcoming Guests and Announcements – Pastor Dave
Prelude – Heidi Hernandez
There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” ~Fred Rogers
Call to Worship – Pastor Linda
Opening Hymn – From All That Dwell Below the Skies – Hymnal #101
Prayer Concerns – Pastor Linda
Prayer Song – Through it all ‐ Hymnal #507
Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer
Anthem – Heidi Hernandez
Litany of Lamentation – Pastor Dave
Offering – Jeff Nelson
Preparation Hymn – Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore – Hymnal #344
Scripture Reading – Galatians 5:16‐26 – ElI Reeves
Message – Finding Common Ground
Closing Hymn – Lift High the Cross – Hymnal #159
Benediction & Response
Postlude – From All that Dwell Beneath the Skies ‐ Marianne Kim
Galatians 5: 2-6, 13-15 – New Revised Standard Version
The Nature of Christian Freedom
2 Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that, if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you.
3 Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law.
4 You who want to be reckoned as righteous by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working[b] through love.
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become enslaved to one another.
14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
Our world is so easily divided. Kindness towards one another is more possible when we seek to find common ground together. It starts for Christians by loving our neighbors as ourselves, a core teaching of Jesus and the Apostle Paul.
Church can be known for many things: doctrine, stances it takes, scandal. But to love as Jesus did is all that’s really asked of us. Love gives without reservation. We more readily find common ground when we love with acceptance, especially to those who struggle, or feel outside mainstream in life. In time where there is more intolerance, we remember how Jesus brought God’s love to people & places that were often forgotten or because of illness or disability, people for whom life been so difficult, people who were told they were insignificant.
A desire to build bridges, to trust that God is working across our differences.
Share kindness that is courageous and seeks to care for our common humanity. Kindness is being willing to place the importance of love and relationship above the importance of being right.