“Fruits of Love” (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22) Sunday May 7, 2017
Call to Worship
L: God has planted within and among us the seed of the gospel.
P: And through baptism and the Holy Spirit irrigated it with living waters.
L: Parents and family, teachers and friends, pastors, counselors, and churches have each cultivated us.
P: Yet it was always God who gave the growth!
U: May the fruit of love ripen among us and be shared so others taste and see that the Lord is good!
Scripture (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22)
Our first reading comes from the first letter to the Corinthians.
1If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant
5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Our second reading comes from the letter to the Galatians.
22The fruit of the Spirit is love.
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Fruits of Love” (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22) Sunday May 7, 2017
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