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.