Friday Greetings — May 17

Dear Centenary friends,

Once again, it’s one of those Sundays when you have options...plenty of them.  If you’re looking for a traditional order of worship with scripture readings and a sermon, then you’ll need to come to the 8:30am service in the Chapel.  If you want to see the Children’s Musical “Unselfie” then you’ll need to come to the 8:50am or the 11am service in the Sanctuary.  Of course, you can always double-dip and get the best of both worlds!  Interestingly enough, the “theme” of all our worship services this Sunday is the same:  God’s call on our lives is to love one another, living unselfishly in a selfish world.  Amazing how the Holy Spirit works all that out!  If you listen carefully, you’ll even hear some of the same scripture verses popping up in all three services.

So, come to worship scripturally prepared!  This Sunday’s Bible readings are Acts 11:1-18 and John 13:31-35.  Read both passages, and then ask yourself a few questions:  Are there individuals (or groups) whom I find it easy to love - at least, most of the time?  Who are the individuals (or groups) whom I usually find it difficult to love?  In what circumstances do I find it toughest to love others?  But first, perhaps, we should ask ourselves:  Do I regard Jesus’s commandment to “love one another as I have first loved you” as an imperative...or as an optional suggestion?

Opportunities to love like Jesus come to us day by day; but there’s no better time to celebrate the One whose love has saved us (and goes on saving us!), than when we’re in worship together.

See you on Sunday!

Grace and Peace in Christ,

Pastor Susan