What Is Love, Actually?

You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” John 4:9b

Dear Friends,

On Sunday we completed our series looking at six risk-takers from the bible - Abigail, David, Esther, John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene & Simon Peter and I’m still captivated by the over-arching question - what risk is God inviting me to take? Picking up my guitar to join Megan & Kenton, I’ve enjoyed a little risk-taking myself. I’ve been even more encouraged by the risks others have been inspired to take - stepping out to lead songs in worship, sharing personal devotionals, peeling back the curtain about past trauma with family and much more! When we respond to the nudge of God to take a risk, God is always faithful!

I’m excited to see and hear more!

When the Session gathered on Monday night, we looked at the passage that will be the foundation for our August series Love is… 1 Corinthians 13.

I’m certain you’re familiar with it, even if you’re not sure of the reference. It’s probably read at more than half of all Christian weddings. It adorns plaques, cross-stitch and social media posts. And you may even be able to recite it yourself. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…

While we discussed the personal and cultural misconceptions of love, how we miss the mark, we also took the time to ask the question, How can we take a risk and tangibly show love inside and outside our church? We could have spent our entire meeting answering that one question! The Session was so engaged that I finally had to turn us toward some other business - but not before they made several executable actions!

The first, as simple as it sounds, will be on full display this Sunday, when we worship at North Strabane Park at 11:15am. Instead of signs that point members of Canonsburg UP Church toward their worship service, we will signs that welcome anyone and everyone to worship in the park. In fact, if you’ve got a friend or neighbor who you’ve been thinking of inviting, this is a great opportunity to take a risk and invite them to worship. We’re in the open air, no walls, it’s covid-safer, it’s also easier to slip in and out if people aren’t that sure.

While our worship service is about gathering to worship God, it’s also about making room for other people, about making them feel welcome and loved by God, but also by us because if they feel welcomed and loved by usit will be easier for them to feel welcomed and loved by God!

So, join with us this month and take a risk to love as together we discover that love actually is!

Welcoming You to Grow in Jesus,

Pastor Don

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