We were blessed to share the sacrament of confirmation this morning, as Mike Weathers and Val Brennan confirmed James Stytle.
“Love Me and Keep My Commandments”
By LARRY BUNTING
The message today was based on the theme “Love Me and Keep My Commandments”. Larry read John 14:15-21 from the Max Lucado children’s Bible. In the scripture, Jesus asks the disciples to show that they love him by keeping the commandments which he gave them. He also promised not to leave them (or us) alone. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would be with them (and us) to guide us.
New Century Version (NCV)
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will obey my commands. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper[a] to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you all alone like orphans; I will come back to you. 19 In a little while the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live, too. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and that you are in me and I am in you. 21 Those who know my commands and obey them are the ones who love me, and my Father will love those who love me. I will love them and will show myself to them.”
- 14:16 Helper “Counselor” or “Comforter.” Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit.
Larry said that Christ’s message was a message of love, rather than the laws that the Jewish people of the time were used to. Larry reminded us that we each carry the Holy Spirit with us. As we gather in community to worship together and to strengthen our faith, that Spirit shines through and blesses each one. If we are sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance, it will show us ways to serve others. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your steps this week
Loving God – We praise Your name and thank You for the gift of the Comforter. We felt it moving among us the morning as we worshiped together. We feel it calling us out of our comfort zones and out of our self-made boxes. As we sense it leading us, may we truly allow it to guide us. May we trust that the Spirit that comes from You casts out all fear and will go with us as we seek to be in service to and for You. There are those we interact with who feel unloved and unworthy. You teach us that all are loved by You, all are worthy and all are called by You. May the Holy Spirit lead us to those who need to hear that message and may we be bold in our witness to share Your love. Go with us is our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.