Opening Hymn: Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Sentence of the Day
Gradual Hymn: And Can it be That I Should Gain
Prayers & Intercessions
Anthem: I Give To You A New Commandment
Closing Hymn: Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided/a>
Jesus said, "You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit."
you teach us in your word that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with all our heart
and our neighbour as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47“Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other.
I want to offer a method of reading our biblical text, which oncegrasped, will allow you to reach in behind the words, and allow you tosee the many vivid images concealed there. In an attempt to getthere, I will use an image from our cottage restoration, and anotherfrom the writer Soren Kierkegaard.
When Adrienne and I began the restoration of our then dilapidatedcottage, I was driven by a passion for things, Arts and Crafts. Thatdoesn’t mean some kind of fundamentalism at the cost ofpracticality. Rather as I progressed, I continuously asked myself,“If Chapman-Taylor was doing this job, how would he go about it?”... Read more...
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