All You Need

Love. All you need is love; love is all you need. I have decided to stick with love; hate is too great a burden to bear. Keep love in your heart: a life without it is like a sunless garden where the flowers are dead. Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. A new commandment I give you: love one another as I have loved you. Where there is love, there is life. When people love each other, they don’t look at each other… they look in the same direction. We are most alive when we are in love. There’s no substitute for a great love who says, “No matter what’s wrong with you, you’re welcome at this table.” And in the end the love you make is the love you take. 

And then from the first letter to the Corinthians, the Epistle reading for this Sunday (Jan. 31): Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 

With gratitude for the above to: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and The Beatles; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mother Teresa; Oscar Wilde; Mahatma Ghandi; singer Etta James; actor Tom Hanks; dancer Ginger Rogers; St. Paul the Apostle; and Jesus the Christ.

With so much hatred in the world these days, this reading from First Corinthians could not come at a better time. And neither could the beautiful texts that we will sing in worship this Sunday:

Ubi caritar et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus et amemus Deum vivium.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Where there is charity and love, God is there.
The love of Christ has gathered us together.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Let us revere and love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love one another. 

Spread, O spread, thou mighty word, spread the kingdom of the Lord,
that to earth’s remotest bound all may heed the joyful sound;
word of how the Savior’s love earth’s sore burden doth remove;
how forever, in its need, through his death the world is freed. 
Arthur William Farlander (1898-1952)

We’d give ourselves,
like rays of light created to dispel the night,
God’s love this day reflecting.
For God in us himself would show his light on all the world below,
his truth through us projecting.
Arno Pötzsch (1900-1956), children’s educator, pastor and hymnist  

Gracious Lord, thyself impart!
Light of Light, from God proceeding,
open thou our ears and heart,
help us by thy Spirit’s pleading.
Hear the cry thy Church upraises;
hear, and bless our prayers and praises.
Tobias Clausnitzer (1619-1684)

God the Omnipotent! King, who ordainest
thunder thy clarion, the lightening thy sword;
show forth thy pity on high where thou reignest:
give to us peace in our time, O Lord.
Henry Fothergill Chorley (1808-1872)

So, come to church this Sunday, prepared to hear and sing of love and to pray for peace.

Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at 2:13 PM
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