*Call to Worship
We come this morning in response to the Lord’s love;
the love given by Christ overflows around us.
Jesus willingly laid Himself upon the cross for us;
so that we, too, may love so deeply that we lay our lives down for Him.
Jesus does not only profess love for His people: He teaches; He gives; He heals; and He is here with us always.
Let us worship God!
*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, it is so easy to casually tell those around us that we love them; but do we change plans when they need us? Do we give, not only out of our excess, but out of our deficit, when asked for help? Do we see God’s creations as blessings, or annoyances? Help us see the power, the strength and the action behind the love we profess. Help us to see love as more than just a feeling that makes us happy, but as a force that can conquer loneliness, combat evil and create harmony among Your children…(Silent time of prayer)
*Assurance of Pardon
The love of Jesus cured the blind and the lame and led the way tot he cross. The love of Jesus is powerful enough to forgive our sins and gentle enough to grant us mercy.
Thanks be to God!
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
Jesus and John the Baptist
22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized 24 —John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison.