Scripture: Genesis 1: 1-2, 26-31
Good morning! How many of you look at the bulletin before church starts? [praise raised hands, welcome anyone who identifies as a newcomer]
One of the things I notice about today’s bulletin is that the word “work” appears a LOT of times. Do you go to work? [expect lots of NOs]
Are you sure? [more NOs]
Are you really sure? [more NOs]
What if I told you that you got hired for your first job on the day you were born? That you go to work every single day?
That’s right! Before God sent Jesus to earth, He gave us some rules, and the first four start with LOVE.
And when Jesus came to earth, He reminded us that the #1 rule of life is to love one another as much as God loves us.
Who remembers how much God loves us?
[Read or have a child read John 3: 16]
Now as I look back at our bulletin for this morning, we start out our service with Miss Crystal chiming the hour – you’ve head the big bell, right?
And them Preacher Mike shares announcements and invites others to come up and remind us of what’s happening at and through the church this week.
And then he says “now let us greet each other in ritual friendship.” What do we do then? [expect or prompt answers like say good morning, say hello, hug, shake hands]
Those are really great ways to show friendship, to show love. Can you think of some new ways? [I give the example that all of the choir members can’t reach each other to shake hands so they wave, or give the peace sign, or blow kisses]
[Praise examples] I want to show you one that I really would like to see you practice next week: Can you make a heart with your hands [praise everyone for doing so]. Now how about I make half the heart, and you make the other half. Now that’s a new sharing of love.
And that’s what God hired us all to do on the day we were born: to show and share love with everyone in the world.
Pray with me: Dear God, thank you soooooooo much for sending us Jesus to show us how to share love in many ways here in our church and out in the world. Amen.
Delivered on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Palmetto Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC.