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Communicating God's Love



Proper 14 / OT 19 -- Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2007
He had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.-- Psalm 105:17
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.
Proper 6 / Pentecost 4 / OT 11 -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2007
... You received without payment, give without payment.-- Matthew 10:8
Proper 27 / Pentecost 25 / OT 32 -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2007
Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this.
Epiphany 8 / OT 8 -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
Advent 3 -- James 5:7-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord....-- James 5:7
Proper 14 / OT 19 -- Romans 10:5-15 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2007
For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."-- Romans 10:13
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
Proper 7 / Pentecost 5 / OT 11 -- Genesis 21:8-21 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2007
... And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.
Proper 28 / Pentecost 26 / OT 33 -- Judges 4:1-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2007
At that time Deborah, a prophetess ... was judging Israel.-- Judges 4:4
Epiphany 9 / OT 9 -- Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- 2007
You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on yo
Advent 3 -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... Are you the one who is to come or are we to wait for another?-- Matthew 11:3
Proper 14 / OT 19 -- Matthew 14:22-33 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2007
... You of little faith, why did you doubt?-- Matthew 14:31
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus....-- Philippians 2:5





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“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.


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One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
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