How Can We Show Love?

8/5/18

Today’s service was led by Interim Pastor David Patterson.

The Message:

 

Prayer of the day:

O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied.  Fill us and this world with all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

The Lesson:

Ephesians 4:1-16

Unity in the Body of Christ

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” (When it says, ‘He ascended’, what does it mean but that he had also descended int the lower parts of the earth?  He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.)

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.  We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.  But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

 

Service Songs:

Thy Word

I Love You, Lord

We Give Thee but Thine Own

If We’re Honest (New Life Singers

May You Run and Not Be Weary

 

Blessing:

May God who has brought us from death to life fill you with great joy.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.

 

Dismissal:

Go in peace. The Spirit sends us forth to serve.

Response:

Thanks be to God.

 

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