An audio recording of this morning's service can be found at this link. We continued our series looking at some of the "one another" verses from scripture, turning to the call to "love one another", with a reading from 1 John 3:1-3 and 11-18.
Just over half way thorugh you will hear our minister introduce a song called 'Love One Another'. It isn't included as part of the recording, but you will find a link below.
The song was the first of a number of offerings on love which followed the sermon, each of which was accompanied by a question to ponder. If you would like to have just those offerings and questions to come back to, here they are:
Song: ‘Love One Another’ by Bob Dufford
You can listen to the song here.
How might we bear each other’s burdens and bind each other’s wounds as the song call us to?
Quotes: children on being asked to describe love
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy - age 6
"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri - age 4
"There are two kinds of love. Our love. God's love. But God makes both kinds of them." Jenny - age 8
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen," Bobby - age 7
"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6
"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget," Jessica - age 8
How would you have described love as a child and how would you describe it now?What have you learnt about love and what would you teach someone else?
Book: ‘You’ by Emma Dodd
This wonderful children's book includes the lines “I love you when you’re having fun...and when you’re sometimes sad. I love you when you’re kind and good...and even when you’re sad.”
How do we love one another through all of our moods?
Poem: ‘Fall in Love’ attributed to Pedro Arrupe
You can read the poem and listen to a recording of it here.
How would loving one another as Christ has loved us decide what we do with our evenings, what we read, what breaks our hearts or amazes us? Or put more simply, how might loving one another change and shape our lives?