Many ways for us to show our love for God!
Text: John 14:23-29; read it here. Sixth Sunday of Easter
As he gets ready to leave his followers, Jesus challenges them — and us — to show our love for God. He doesn’t give a lot of specifics. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” OK, that gives us a few clues. We know Jesus taught us to love each other. He preaches the ancient Jewish maxim to “love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” written in Deuteronomy and elsewhere.
But how about some specifics? And, how can we nourish the faith and the strength to show our love for God? As part of his sermon today, Pastor Bill Wong invites Peace parishioners to share some of their tactics.
Great news! Jesus also promised God would send us a Helper, because he knew we’d need one. The Holy Spirit helps us and advocates for us. Next week, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in the feast of Pentecost. Service at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, June 9.
Alleluia! Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and I will come to them and make our home with them. Alleluia! — John 14:23
Prayer of the Day – ‘Show our love for God!’
Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your Word, that empowered by your Spirit, we may love you, one another and the world you have made. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
— Gospel Acclamation and Prayer of the Day adapted from Year C Church Year Calendar, Propers and Daily Lectionary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2006.