Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Open Your Heart to God!
Love unconditionally. Live in community. Teach biblically. Give sacrificially.
Weekly Worship Service with a message from Pastor Mindi Gochnaur, traditional hymns, contemporary praise songs and special music by Emmanuel's Sanctuary, Hand Bell, Children's and Youth Choirs.
Love in Motion:
The purpose of this series is to understand how much God loves us and then to love others with that same love. This is an active series, where the congregation will be challenged to go and put God’s love into action in real and tangible ways.
September 9th: Love in Motion: Wake Up
Scripture: 1 John 3:11-24
We are able to love because of the love that has been shown to us through Jesus on the cross. If we are seeking to faithfully follow Jesus, and we have accepted Christ as our Savior, the love of God is in us. And because we have experienced the gracious love of God, we are to share that love with others. God’s love wakes us up to the needs of the people around us. How do you intend to love someone practically this week? Who can you show love to through your actions or finances?
September 16th: Love in Motion: Noticeable
Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-2, 6-9, Matthew 5:13-16
A noticeable faith is never one about boasting about all the great things we’ve done for other people. It’s not about portraying ourselves as more righteous than others. A noticeable faith is always about Jesus. It’s about unashamedly living a life modeled after Jesus. It’s about loving others and sharing the Good News of the Gospel. The focus shouldn’t be on us. The light that shines in us should point others to Christ and all that he has done, not to all we think we have done. How can you love others noticeably this week that points them to Jesus?
September 23rd: Love in Motion: : Difficult
Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36
It is easier to love the people who are close to us than to love the people whom we do not like. However, it is just as important to love our enemies, maybe even more important. We can give a million reasons for why we do not want to love our enemies, some of them may even been good reasons. But that is not who Jesus calls us to be as his followers. Who are your enemies? What would it practically look like to love them?
September 30th: Love in Motion: A Commitment
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-14, Romans 12:9-16
Love is more than a sweet word we say to the people we care about. Loving another person, whether in a romantic relationship or in a friendship, takes commitment. Loving people takes investment, sincerity and attentiveness. We cannot love someone and at the same time ignore them. We cannot love someone and never work at our relationship to see it grow and strengthen. Who are you in relationship with? How could that relationship grow deeper? How do you need to show love to that person this week?
October 7th: Love in Motion: Back it up!
World Communion Sunday
Scripture: James 1:19-27
Words have power. They can be helpful or harmful. But words can also be empty if they aren’t accompanied by action. What we say and what we do have to match, or our words will never be trusted. Our words matter. And our follow through also matters. As followers of Jesus, we have to back up our words with our actions. We have to show people we love them through how we treat every person we encounter. If our words and our actions do not match, people will not believe what we say. How can we back up what we say? How can we truly show up people we love them, beyond using the words?
October 14th: Love in Motion: True Love
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21
True love is God coming down to earth in human form to take on the sin of the world. True love is freedom from sin. True love is being set free and given a new life. True love is sacrificial. God’s love does not exclude people. It does not condemn people whose beliefs are different from ours. The true, authentic love of God is all encompassing. God’s love does not pick and choose who is worthy, it is available to all people who are in need and seeking it. What do we need to let go of in order to take on this attitude of true love? Who do we need to reach out to that we have been ignoring because we didn’t feel they were worthy of God’s love? Somebody we know is in desperate need of the authentic, freeing love of God. Who will you share it will?
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