Love One Another. Why?

We begin with a commercial for Life Cereal.

Perhaps you have admired someone who was willing to do something important but that you would never want to do? “Mikey” was picky; if he would eat it, it must be that it would taste good to anyone. Let’s get Mikey to be the guinea pig…or let’s get Jesus. Let’s make him do the hard and sometimes dirty work of love.

Our text this week is from I John 4:7-21. The first line: Beloved, let us love one another. But how do you love the “unlovable”? The irony in the text is that we are not called upon here to love “everyone”; just the people in the church. It’s as if the author is saying: Let’s start with each other!

Indeed. Let there be love on earth … and let it begin with you and me.

The message: Love One Another. Why? (A link will be provided later to a transcript and notes.)

We will employ a tactic during the Children’s Message as we attempt to lift up in worship that love is not for “them” to do; it is for us to do – together.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.