Sermon Title: “Love and Peace”
Scripture: Romans 12:9-21
Paul writes about the marks of the true Christian in this passage recorded in Romans. I believe the two key words are “love and peace.” Really these two words should affect our life in the Christian community and the world. Love and peace are God’s gifts to us and the world and we in return are supposed to “pay it forward” so to speak. We are not supposed to just speak these words but act on them in our day-to-day living, not just with our sisters and brothers in Christ but with all people.
In verse 9, Paul says, “Let love be genuine”. In other words, we should not be hypocritical. God is not hypocritical, God means what God says and God does what God says – especially in Jesus Christ. Do we mean what we say and do what we say? Or is this an area we need to work on?
Included in our worship on Sunday, the 28th, we will have a time of healing and blessing. It is also the deadline for ordering the Bethlehem Star. Sunday, September 4th will be our last Sunday beginning at 9:30AM in the Fellowship Hall for the summer and will be installing our Sunday School teachers and Christian Education Committee / Birthday Sunday. Sunday, September 11th, we will start Rally Day with breakfast at 8:30AM, Sunday School for all ages at 9:30AM and worship back in our sanctuary at 10:45AM. The service on the 11th includes: Remembrance of 9/11; Grandparents Day; Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
From the sermon on August 21, 2011 – We are called by God into a diverse community of believers, with different gifts and different functions. That is the church. No one should think of themselves better than another because all gifts are equally important in God’s eyes. And we need all of you with your gifts to continue to be the church at 15th & Walnut Streets, in Allentown, PA.
Martin Luther King, Jr. got it right when he said, “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant too.” If we take this passage to heart – we should all pray to God: “Here I am, O Lord, with all that I am. Use what you wish.”
Thought for the Week: There is never a right or wrong time to pray. Each moment of our lives can be a prayer when we live from faith and act from love.
Let us pray: O God, may our prayers be honest. May our prayers be true. And may we boldly share our love with you. Amen.