Sunday, May 1 – “The Main Thing”
View this recorded version of Sunday Worship from May 1, 2022.
Mark 12: 28-31 Which is most important of all the commandments?
Reflection: “The Main Thing”
Snippets from the sermon by Rev. Dr. Fred Grewe.
“Love is such an overused word in our culture… people love a good meal, or they love a movie, or they love a victory in a sporting event. We throw that word (love) around, but for Jesus love was not some sloppy sentimentality–love is a verb, not a noun. It’s a verb, it’s not a feeling.”
“The God that we come together to encounter and the Jesus we claim to follow seem to value love over power.”
“So we serve a God that seems to not think much about power, but is much more concerned about love and relationships. And that’s why I think the Main Thing, is to make the Main Thing, the Main Thing. The main thing for Jesus is the relationships that we have with each other and when we love each other, as opposed to trying to overpower each other.”
“Power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love.”
“If we’re going to be a church, a group of Jesus followers, my sisters and my brothers, my suggestion is that we try to keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing–by working to actively love each other and not get lost in the weeds of accusation and blaming. Let’s not succumb to the temptation of trying to enforce or control others to our intelligent way of seeing the world. And let’s wrestle together in love, caring for each other, realizing we’re all in this together.”
“How can we kindly and with grace work through our issues and yet still be a community of people that try to follow the one who said, in John 13:35, ‘By this everybody will know you are my followers–if you love one another.’ May it be so.”