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LOVE IN ACTION

 THE ANSWER IS LOVE

1 CORINTHIANS 12:13-14 (NRSV)

Love (agape love as described in

1 Corinthians) is a firm commitment to act for the well-being of someone other than yourself.

 

ACTION: Choose someone you already love deeply. Take an action of agape love toward them

 

LIVING WITH HOLY IMAGINATION

LUKE 4:1-14 (NRSV)

Can love really change the world? Rev. Michael Miller returns to share the message.

 

ACTION:  This week, practice love by performing regular acts of service for others or for the world.

 

CAPACITY FOR LOVE

MATTHEW 22: 34-40 (The Message)

The ability to love youerself is intimately related to your capacity to love others.

 

 

 

ACTION:  This week, find ways to love yourself more fully.

 

LOOKING FOR A LOOPHOLE

LUKE 10:25-37 (The Message)

When we truly get to know another person, beyond our assumptions, and grow a relationship with them, it diminishes our capacity to treat them as an "it." Instead, our capacity grows to see them as God sees them, beloved children of God.

 

ACTION:  If there is a person for whom you seek a loophole to God's command to love as yourself, love that neighbor by forgetting what you think you know, listen to their story, and open yourself to a relationship with them.

 

WHEN THE BEST COMES OUT OF ME

MATTHEW 5:38-48

When we draw a line to separate us from others, where does Jesus stand? What does his teaching and example show us about caring for others, even those we see as enemies?

 

ACTION:  Choose someone with you have much in common, but you are on different sides of an issue, say COVID restrictions. Send them a text, asking simply, "How's it going?" and be ready to respond and engage in building a relationship.

 

POLITICS AND JESUS

1 CORINTHIANS 12:31- 13:7

Our engagement in the political realm is needed, but it must reflect the way of Jesus, the way of love.

 

ACTION:  Advocate for someone whose voice and presence is ignored.

 

GOOD FRIDAY

A SERVICE OF SHADOWS AND STONES

 

Through scripture, song and meditation, we remember the final hours of Jesus' earthly life. Music by the Eden Prairie UMC Chancel choir.

 

"HALLELUJAH, ANYHOW"

JOHN 20:1-18

In the midst of the hoelessness of death, darkness and evil, Mary went to the tomb anyhow. In the richness of the rituals of her community, she was where she needed to be in order to discover the the truth:  Love is stronger than death! In the richness of community and ritual, even in the midst of pain, the community shows the way of love. The sermon title was used by the Right Rev. Barbara Harris as the title of her memoir, drawn from an old gospel hymn.

 

 

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