It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. – Isaiah 49:6
This is the glory of your saving love
That you don’t just bless us,
Guard and guide us
That you don’t just forgive us,
Save and sanctify us
For you that is too light a thing
You make a place for us in your saving work
You call us
Each of us
You make a place for us in your family
and a place for us in your plan
that we might have purpose and meaning
that we might experience the fullness of your grace
that we might experience your power and the wielding of that power
Your hope and your hope made real in the world
Your love and your love in action
Glory to you, Most Blessed Savior!
Glory to you, Lord of Mercy and Light!
Glory to you and to the fulfillment of Your Kingdom
in us and in all!
You welcome me to your unity
You do not condemn
but make the way to new life, eternal life,
with you through Christ
Grant me grace to receive the fullness of your mercy and healing and transformation.
Free me from all things that block me from living your love fully,
that I may be joyful and faithful in all things,
that I may speak your words with truth and fruitfulness,
that I may live and lead wisely,
that I may be your instrument of peace and hope,
that I may love as you love.
Glory to you, forever
Honor to you, forever
Praise and blessing to you, forever
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen!
Sermon Series: What’s Love Got To Do With It? What’s love got to do with it? Everything! It’s the who, what, when, where, how and why of our words and actions as follower of Jesus Christ.
Cornerstone Scripture for the Series: 1 John 4:15-17
God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world.
What is your motivation?
What drives your words, your actions, your choices?
Achievement- Recognition, Positive Feedback
Social- Belonging, Acceptance, Duty, desire to contribute to the common good, desire to make a difference
Love = Agape
Sacrificial, Unconditional, Makes the first move
Love is a choice tied to an action
Not so much an emotion but a motivation
Your motivation is of critical importance. If there’s no love it’s not of God- God is love. Agape Love is the primary motivation for our actions, or the actions don’t matter. Without Agape Love I say nothing, I am nothing, I gain nothing. With Agape Love I say something, I am someone, I gain everything.
Six Gifts of Serving found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Speak (tongues of mortals, vs 1)
Speak = Prayer (tongues of angels, vs 1)
Speak = Prophesy (prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, vs 2)
Faith (vs 2)
Sacrifice = Generosity (give away all my possessions, vs 3)
Sacrifice = Volunteering (hand over my body, vs 3)
Worship Resources for this Message Affirmation of Faith- God is Love by Steve Garnaas Holmes
We believe in God, who is Love,
whose love is manifest in all Creation, in our lives, and in all people.
We follow Christ, who embodied God’s love
in his life and ministry, his death and resurrection.
In granting us his Spirit, Christ filled us with that love as well.
We live by the Spirit, the presence of God’s love in us.
In that love we participate in the Church, the Body of Christ
In that love we love God by loving our neighbors
through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.
Love is our faith, and it is a gift from God.
We thank God, and ask God’s blessings,
that we may love in the name of Christ
and the power of the Spirit, today and everyday, to God’s glory. Amen.
I’m excited to now offer mp3’s of my Sunday messages. A huge thank you to Leon and my brothers and sisters at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota for all their help in making this possible. If you’re ever in Sarasota, please drop by for worship Sundays at 9am or 10:30am, or drop by during the week for a chat or small group. You and those you love are always welcome.