Sep 3, 2023 ‐ What Is Love?

Welcome – Online Minister Ernie

Call to Worship – Pastor Linda

Opening Hymn – How Can We Name a Love – #111

Prayer Concerns ‐ Silent Prayer – Pastor Linda

Prayer Song – Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying – #2193

Pastoral Prayer ‐ Lords Prayer – Pastor Linda

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Anthem – The Gift of Love – Juan Hernandez

Scripture – Eli Reeves

Offering – Pastor Dave

Message – What Is Love? ‐ Pastor Dave

Holy Communion – The Servant Song – #2222

Closing Hymn – Make Me A Channel of Your Peace – #2171

Announcements – Pastors Dave & Online Minister Ernie

Benediction & Response – Holy, Holy Spirit

Postlude – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – Patricia Howard

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 – The Message

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

Jesus said the most important thing we do is love: love God and neighbors. This series addresses the important questions about love: why do we love? What is Christian love as Jesus taught it to us? Love cares more for others than self. Doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off handle, being able to love way of Jesus, not holding back. We’ll look at understanding who in fact are our neighbors and what is it that God expects us to do in relationship with them, touching a bit on the Christian practice of hospitality that helps people to see the faith that motivates us to care about them.

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