November 22, 2016

Introduction To The Theme

‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’ – John 13:34

One day, Mother Teresa took in a woman off the streets of Calcutta. Her body was a mess of open sores infested with bugs. Mother Teresa patiently bathed her, cleaning and dressing her wounds. The woman never stopped shrieking insults and threats at her. Mother Teresa only smiled.

Finally, the woman snarled, “Sister, why are you doing this? Not everyone behaves like you. Who taught you?”

She replied simply, “My God taught me.” When the woman asked who this god was, Mother Teresa kissed her on the forehead and said: “You know my God. My God is called love.”

You will find the word ‘Love’ is found 538 times in the bible. Jesus spends much of the Gospel reiterating the fact that God loves each person as if he were the only person on the planet. When asked about the 10 Commandments and the others religious laws found in the Old Testament, Jesus states “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

The Bible is a story of Love. In fact, the word ‘Love’ is found 538 times in the bible!

The story begins with God’s love for His creation and His desire that all the world would come to live in His light. The story continues with Prophets reminding people of God’s love and their need to love God and their neighbour. Time after time, people turned away from this love and went their own way. God constantly called His people back. This love was so strong that Jesus was prepared to die on the Cross so that we might come to have a real relationship with Him.

The Love that we will be reflecting on this year is the Love that Jesus teaches about and demonstrates through His life, ministry, sacrifice, death and resurrection. As Christians, before any other observance, ritual or obligation, we are called to love God and to love our neighbour. It is through our care and love of others that we can demonstrate our love to God.

This year, our Partnership of Parishes and schools will participate in a Mission led by the Youth Ministry Team. They will share a message of the ‘Unbroken’ love that God has for us.

We pray that during this year, we may come to know that we are loved by God for the unique people he has created us to be. We ask that we be given hearts that see the people around us and those we have never met as brothers and sisters in Christ.

As you explore this site and use the resources during your Morning Worship, allow times for quiet reflection and prayer. Open your heart to the message that the Lord is trying to bring to you each day.

May God Bless you

Mr Gardner

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