As we gathered for worship we remember that God prepares for us so many good things that even if we tried to imagine what they are we would not be able to truly comprehend them. We are reminded that we need to love God so we can find hope in the promises given from the beginning. Our first reading was taken from the Acts of the Apostles and was Pauls’ conversation with the Greeks at the Areopagus. He told them that all creation is needed to understand God. Likewise, our life is intrinsically tied to others because we are all related to each other. Our Epistle from Peter’s first letter helps us realize that we will suffer, not because God wants us to suffer. Rather, we suffer because people lose sight of God and the truth of God’s promises. The Psalmist reflected that we bless God, not by our action but through our acceptance of God’s blessing, trying to get our arms around what God looks like.

Today’s sermon is based on the gospel lesson from John. He tells us that our love is demonstrated through keeping God’s commandments and telling others what part God plays in our lives. We need to recognize and share how we see God; what God looks like; and how we comprehend God at work in our lives. How we share those things makes a difference in God’s world.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-18; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-22

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