Sarah Booth taking the service. We were welcomed with the beautiful music of ‘One Love’ being played – The Unconditional Love of Christ.
Brian our worship leader opened the service with a call to worship and opening prayers with Catriona joining him.
This was followed by our first hymn ‘Teach me to Dance’ with our young people leading from the front and waving the flags that they do enthusiastically.
Then we were all engrossed by Sarah and the very vivid reading of a horror story!! She introduced us to Doctor Evan Gelical and the horror of his experiment to create a Christenstein – all that was considered to be needed in a good Christenstein was used – the monster was awakened and horror of horrors it was a real monster who’s first words were ‘If I do not have love then I am nothing’ guess which ingredient had been missed out of his creation.
After the young people had left to go to junior church Roger read chapter 13 from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians followed by June reading Luke 4 v20-30. Sarah then told us about baking day when she was young and her brother begging for a spoonful of peppermint from his mother’s jars of essences. He was not impressed as with all cakes it needed the sugar to make it taste good.
Then we heard of Paul’s 18 months in Corinth where he lived and worked preaching and teaching the ways of the Lord this was not an easy task at the Corinthians were a hedonistic unruly drunkard nation. Paul taught them how the many talents they had between them could be used to the greater good working together. This worked well until Paul left them and was later told how the people had reverted to their former ways because the thing that bound then together ‘love’ was no longer there.
Then an example from the musical ‘Les miserable’ when Jean Valjean is being hunted by Javert and the Bishop of Digne shows him so much love it turns his life round. When he has the chance to kill Javert he lets him go. The people of Nazareth who had heard of Jesus and thought he would be the leader who would free them and over throw the Romans, but were very disappointed when Jesus preached grace and salvation for all.
Which of these examples can we as individuals and as a church relate to? If we as a church want to reach out thrive and try to be the body of Christ we must make mature love our goal for those within and without. So that we will see Gods face – faith hope and love the greatest of these is LOVE.
After this very stirring sermon what other Hymn could we finish with but ‘Love Divine.’
Kindly provided by Joyce & Bob Read