This Sunday’s message will focus on the last point in our mission statement which states, “We strive to be a unifying force in our families, our church, our community, and the world. We strive to work across denominational lines and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Our main text is going to be John 15 with our focus being on John 15:14 which reads “You are my friends if you do what I command.” As I was sitting in evening worship last night here at Yearly Meeting I was struck by this verse, and then at the end of the evening message our speaker, Northwest Yearly Meeting Superintendent Becky Ankeny, shared about this verse as well. As I continue to think and pray about this verse, and wrapping up our series on our vision and mission statements I feel compelled to share my thoughts with all of you.
In addition on Sunday morning, those of us who are attending Yearly Meeting this year will be sharing a report about our week here in Newberg.
In preparation for Meeting for Worship on Sunday, please read and reflect on John 15, especially verse 14. Here are a couple of questions to help guide your time of preparation.
What does it mean to do what Jesus commands?
If we do what Jesus commands does that allow us to be a unifying force in our families, church, community, and world?
What attitude and spirit do we need to have in order to work across denominational lines?