Pastor Gayle’s Reflections
It is one of the most important and ever-present themes in the Bible and in our lives together as church. More than a year after a divisive national campaign and election, we approach the Advent and Christmas seasons tired and searching for hope. In these seasons of preparing for and welcoming the Christ child, we strive for peace, hope, joy, and love, in the spirit of God-with-us.
At the United Church of Christ General Synod this last summer, the “3 Great Loves” initiative – an initiative that focuses on Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation – was introduced. This effort begins with the Love of Neighbor focus. Those who have been in worship in the last few weeks have heard about and seen a poster filled with “50 Ways to Love Your Neighbor,” which will help to guide us through this focus.
Love of Neighbor is part of a denomination- wide effort that is about engaging the UCC to take action and to show the impact of our congregation, and the UCC, working together as one church, with one voice and one vision – a vision of A Just World for All. In this world, all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. It is the world we read and hear about through the prophets during Advent, as we prepare for Christ’s birth.
Let us prepare for a world of justice and love – and find hope in that preparation!
- SOME OF THE EVERYDAY WAYS TO SHOW LOVE OF NEIGHBOR:
- Walk with your neighbor
- Run an errand
- Watch kids after school
- Be a safe place
- Share a story
- Take them dinner
- Drive them to an appointment
- Host a refugee family
- Be their voice
*Please visit www.3greatloves.org to see the many easy and important ways you can show Love of Neighbor. Help the United Church of Christ be a model in our community, living out the purpose of the UCC: to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves (Mt. 22). This Pastor’s Page was adapted from materials found on the 3 Great Loves website.