“We Believe that God” (Hosea 11:1-9; 1 John 4:7-21) Sunday February 26, 2017

Call to Worship:                                            

 

L:         Let us sing a hymn in unison,

 

P:         for we are not many, but one!

 

L:         Let us praise our God in harmony,

 

P:         for we not one, but many!

 

L:         Members are we, one of another: the body of Christ, the people of God.

 

P:         Let our melody arise as if from one voice, while the chorus swells from each mouth of creation.

Scripture: 

(Hosea 11:1-9; 1 John 4:7-21)

Our first reading comes from the prophet Hosea. 

1When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

 

2The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols.

 

3Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them.

 

4I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.

 

5They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me.

 

6The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes.

 

7My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all.

 

8How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.

 

9I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

 

Our second reading comes from the first letter of John.

 

7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

 

 

8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

 

 

9God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.

 

 

10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

 

 

11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

 

 

12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

 

 

13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

 

 

14And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.

 

 

15God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.

 

 

16So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

 

17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world.

 

 

18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

 

 

19We love because he first loved us.

 

 

20Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.

 

 

21The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our  understanding.

 @Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe that God” (Hosea 11:1-9; 1 John 4:7-21) Sunday February 26, 2017

 

“We Believe that God”

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