The theme that seems to have stuck out to me this week is outlined in our collect: "O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises..." The deep and wide and high and strong love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). In our reading from 1 Peter 3:8-18, the writer begins: "have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind." And in our Gospel reading (John 15:1-8), Jesus teaches us to abide in the love of Christ, and in fellowship with Him. Our songs this week draw out the message of God's love poured into our lives.
This week at St. Luke's, we'll be singing a few unfamiliar tunes, though not brand new to our congregation.
One is the song "Worthy," by Matt Redman, which meditates on "how deep a love You bring":
Another newer song is Christ is Risen, by Matt Maher. As we come to the end of Eastertide, we start where we began - proclaiming the Resurrection of our Lord:
May God's extravagant love get you out of bed every morning, fill your lungs with fresh air, and burst your hearts with thanks and praise! See you Sunday!