Love God and Love Neighbor
Today is Valentine’s Day, when, the saying goes, all thoughts turn to love. So, I thought I’d take some liberties with the day and use it as an entree to share with you a few of my favorite New Testament Bible passages that refer to love. They might be some of your favorites as well.
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son….” (John 3:16)
- “God is love.” (1 John 4:16)
- “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking….” “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5, 13)
- “The most important (commandment) is … ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mark 12:29-31)
This last passage forms the basis of the mission of our church: to nurture love of God and love of neighbor in the world. We live out this mission in a number of ways, including reaching out to those in need in our nation and the world.
I want to close this Moderator’s Memo by highlighting one of our upcoming outreach activities in support of this mission: The afternoon benefit concert, “Songs of Hope,” on Saturday the 23rd of February, beginning at 4:30 pm. This program of music, songs, and stories around the theme of “sanctuary” will support the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project (ASAP). Admission is free but donations will be accepted for ASAP, which is the first and only nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services for the estimated 25,000 asylum seekers and their families living in the D.C. Metro region. We hope you will join us and bring your friends for this concert and reception following.
Happy Valentine’s Day,
Of note: You might notice that one of our long-time congregation and choir members is missing these days. Margaret Goodman set off this week on another cross country bike ride, this one going from St. Augustine, FL, to San Diego, CA. She will be blogging occasionally at goodwomanm.blogspot.com so we can follow her adventures along the way.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Coffee Hour Conversation: Caring When Someone Is Ill, 2/17—We all have friends, relatives or colleagues who’ve experienced acute, chronic or even terminal illness. We want to “be there” for them but don’t always know how. Congregation member and chaplain, William Tweedley, will share stories and practical suggestions followed by discussion and Q&A.
Poetry Hour, 2/17— We’ll gather from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Asylum Seekers Benefit Concert, 2/23— Join us at 4:30 pm for a concert featuring Stories and Songs of Hope in support of refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. Admission is free with donations encouraged for the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project, www.asylumprojectdc.org. Reception following. Please spread the word!
Coffee Hour Conversation: Asylum Seekers, 2/24—We’ll gather after worship for a discussion with the director and clients of the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project.
FaithLife, 2/24—Join us from 5:30-7 pm for a conversation about our lived faith. This month’s topic is “Apologies.” For a link to the podcast we’ll discuss, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectio Divina: Holy Listening, 3/3—Join fellow seekers from 4-5:15 pm for contemplative prayer in community. Led by Kris Davis, we’ll listen for God in sacred text, silence, the natural world, and relationship with others. Please bring a journal and pen.