Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17

Friday, May 24, 2024

Entering the Weekend with Christ

Hi everyone,

As we approach "Holy Trinity" Sunday, we realize that the Trinity is something that we don't fully understand...and can't fully understand as our finite minds cannot fully grasp the infinite nature of God.  Nonetheless, we are off to a good start as one in Christ if we don't binge watch Larry, Moe and Curley on Sunday.


Pastor Tim

"God has led you to the desert, and spoken to your Heart."
Mount of Olives Lutheran Church
3546 E. Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-956-1620 office

Born in Love, Called to Love: 

Building a Community of God’s Embrace

Siblings in Christ,

Our Scripture readings paint a beautiful picture of God's love and the transformation it brings. In Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6:1-8), we see the awesome holiness of God, a sight that leaves Isaiah feeling unworthy. Yet, God cleanses him and calls him to be a messenger. Romans 8:12-17 reminds us that through Christ, we are no longer slaves to sin but adopted children of God, led by the Holy Spirit. Finally, John 3:1-17 presents Nicodemus' encounter with Jesus, where Jesus emphasizes the need to be born again, not of flesh but of the Spirit.

These passages, taken together, speak to the core of our faith: a transformative love that binds us to God and one another.

  • Encountering God's Love: Isaiah's experience, though overwhelming, is ultimately one of love. God's holiness highlights our shortcomings, but it also leads to cleansing and purpose. We too can encounter God's love in worship, prayer, and service.
  • Born Again in Love: John uses the term "born again" to describe a spiritual transformation. It's not about religious rituals, but about opening ourselves to God's love through Jesus. This love changes us, frees us from sin, and allows the Holy Spirit to guide us.
  • Living in a Community of Love: Romans tells us that as children of God, we are not meant to be alone. The Holy Spirit guides us to live according to God's will, which includes loving one another. This is where the church, the community of believers, comes in. We are called to build a place where God's love is reflected in our interactions, our support for each other, and our outreach to the world.

So, how do we build this community of love?

  • By acknowledging our own need for God's grace, just like Isaiah.
  • By opening ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
  • By extending God's love to those around us, showing compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance.

Our church can be a beacon of this love. Let us be a place where people feel safe to encounter God's transforming presence, a place where burdens are shared, and where love is the guiding principle.

Together, let us strive to be a true community of God's embrace, reflecting the love of the Creator that called Isaiah, transformed hearts through Christ, and continues to guide us through the Holy Spirit.

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