This is the first week of our new series, “Practicing Love for God and Others.” We will look at the foundational text for this series, Mark 12:28-31 and hear the call of Jesus to us: “Love God; Love Others.” The worship theme is “We Love Because He Loves Us,” and the visual theme will be archery, because if we don’t take these commands seriously, we miss the mark.
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Deuteronomy 7:6-9 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.
Preparation for Communion:
At the Cross (Love Ran Red)
By Our Love
Scripture for Meditation
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
1 John 4:19-21 We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Romans 13:8-10 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.