This morning we concluded our series, “Five Ways of Being the People of God.” Our final installment in the series was “Be Loving” and if just happened to come on the day before Valentine’s Day. Absolutely no forethought or planning on our part. Don’t you just love it when God syncs things up like that?
As an introduction into the message we did a package that began with a video from Shift Worship entitled, “Without Love.” The piece raised the question, “what is love again?” and the evocative video asks us to rethink that question by imaging life without it. We moved right into Brandon Heath’s song, “Love Never Fails” which is based upon 1 Corinthians 13. In my mind this is one of the most profound texts in all of Scripture and unfortunately, I think in many cases it has been relegated to “the thing you read at weddings” status.
I used these ancient words from Teresa of Avila: “the important thing is not to think much but to love much.” And I believe the key to loving much (and well) is to first, experience being loved. And so to help our community experience afresh the amazing love of God, we gathered together around the table to feast on the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The words of Matt Redman’s song, “This is How We Know” really come to light when we come to the table to taste and see the goodness of God in Jesus Christ: “This is how we know, this is how we know what love is – just one look at the cross. And this is where we see this is where we see how love works, for you surrender your all. And this is how we know that you have loved us first. This is where we chose to love you in return.”
How did your community live more deeply into the love of God in Jesus Christ? What did this look like in your worship gathering? How does worship connect people to the love of God and fuel them to love another as Christ has loved them?
Our complete music set included:
- Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)
- Hallelujah: Your Love Never Fails (Brenton Brown)
- Our God is Love (Hillsong)
- You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
- Love Never Fails (Brandon Heath)
- This is How We Know (Matt Redman)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.