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Looking Toward Sunday, 11/15/15

Once I was gathered with a family to prepare for a funeral. I had provided them with a slate of possible scripture readings, and Ecclesiastes 3, our Seasoned to Celebrate focal scripture, had been selected. One of the family members had volunteered to read but made a suggestion on a tweak. “When I get to the part that says, ‘A time to love and a time to hate,’ I’ll add, ‘Except there is no time to hate; it’s always a time to love.’”

I said, “That’s not really how scripture works.” But I resonated with the sentiment. I hope for peace, the eradication of so many of the –isms (racism, sexism, classism), the healing of torn apart families. I want love to always win, but hate is a very real part of our world. And if we are to believe our scriptures, it’s even okay sometimes. But when? And do we really want all time to be a time to love, anyway? If so, how do our lives show our commitment to love?

Our Romans 12 scripture echoes that there is indeed a time to love and a time to hate, but the guidelines to when and how may be more than we bargained for.

  • Key Scripture:             Romans 12:9-21
  • Sermon Title:               Seasoned to Celebrate: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate
  • Roundtable Class/Next Week’s Scripture:      2 Corinthians 9:6-15

See you in worship,

Pastor Shelli