The session met last night and updated Unity’s COVID protocols.
1. Masks are now optional on campus.
Each individual can make the decision whether to wear a mask while at church. We have created one section of the sanctuary that will be “masks required.” When you walk in, the right side of the sanctuary will be reserved for those wearing masks.
2. Meals are once again allowed on campus.
You will most likely be hearing more about opportunities for meals in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for your patience through this pandemic. Unity has done a great job of taking care of one another. We’re not through the woods yet, but the rates have dropped to a low enough level that we felt comfortable loosening the COVID restrictions.
This week we will conclude the Big 3 series: faith, hope and love. Let’s end this series by meditating on two verses from Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. These verses deepen our understanding of godly love.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
-1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
-2 Thessalonians 3:5
There are three things I want you to notice about these two verses.
First, it is God that enables us to love. Notice how similar Paul’s language is between the two verses. God can make your love increase. God can direct your heart. These verbs describe an action God does for us. God is helping us to become loving people.
God is directing your love.
Second, Paul is praying for the church in Thessalonia. He prays that God will make their love increase and direct their hearts deeper into God’s love. Love doesn’t happen by accident, but through a connection with God.
This is my prayer for you too!
People of Unity, may God make your love increase and overflow for one another, and for everyone else in Denver. May God direct your heart deep into the presence of God’s love.
Third, God’s love enables us to love others.
Love is essentially outward focused. God wants us to share love. To give love. To be love.
I resonate with the word Paul uses in describing the act of love— overflow. What images does this word conjure in your mind? I think of pouring water into a cup until the water flows over the sides. Overflow points to abundance.
As people of God, may we love abundantly. May love overflow from our lives.
See you on Sunday!