[Jesus] said to [the lawyer], “‘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 neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Love God. Love neighbor. It seems simple enough. It is as if we could stop there. But we can’t. The scriptures continue to add on, add context, add specificity, add nuance to explore the meaning of this. And so, it seems, we must do the same. This is the heart of our faith, according to Jesus, but it requires interpretation and perspective and review.
This Sunday we are going to do this in a different way again. In the context of worship, we have a panel of folks from the congregation who will join us in conversation in the space the sermon normally occupies, offering their learnings from these past months of engagement with our neighbors and our St. Andrew community, helping us to mark and interpret where we have come in this past year. Among the participants are Nikki Gibson, Andrea Shirey, Bob Seel, Pat Sharpe, Vince Kallberg, and Laura Clawson. Jill Jones will moderate.
Enter into worship.
Readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 † Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 † 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 † Matthew 22:34-46
About the Art: Wooden Love Sign, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57756 [retrieved October 24, 2023]. Original source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mastababa/2398441001/.
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