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Lower United Methodist Church
January 13, 2021


“You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” 
Mark 12:31

Jesus said that no other commandment is greater than to love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. It is wonderful to ask everyone to love and accept others, but it is not that easy. Even with the best intentions, we seem to fail in genuinely loving each other. 

Why would God command us to love in such a way? God's words give us the encouragement and inspiration we need to choose to love, even knowing how hard this choice might be for us at times like these. 

When we remember who we are in Christ, God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, we are willing to put compassion on our shoulders like a shawl and be warmed by the joy of having mercy toward ourselves and toward others.

When we choose to accept our own mistakes or flaws with compassion, rejecting guilt and shame, it is a lot easier to understand others' mistakes and negative attitudes. The fruit of compassion is always sweet and delightful.

When we enjoy walking in God’s presence, it is easier to be kind to others, to be gentle and patient. 

Something amazing happens to our hearts when we choose to spend more time in the presence of our Lord and allow his Spirit to touch our hearts. His influence in us allows us to let go of arrogance, anger, negativity, and judgment. Our hearts yearn for loving that way too! 

Why would God command us to love in such a way? Because God, who created us, knows we are capable of loving if we trust in his love, if we walk with him, if we allow Him to guide us, and if we choose to love above all.

Rev. Ileana Rosario

Prayer List Updates

Please remember these people
in your prayers:

Family of Lee Rosser
David Taylor
Wayne Evans
Family of Walter Allen Harrow
Pat Russell
Tony Astrada
Janice & Don Ashe
Clarence Hargis
Sandra Perry Brown
Todd Chamberlain
Bruce Reinhard
Family of Norton Hurd
Carolyn & Bob Henkel

"Share the Love" Coat Drive - The outreach ministry at Christ Church Parish with Hands Across Middlesex invite the whole community to help with their Winter Coat Drive.
The need in our County is great particularly during this difficult time of year. They are looking for clean, used (in good condition) coats for adults, teens, and children of all ages. Coats can be delivered to the Cryer Center between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm on any Wednesday in January. Please check your closets and donate to help this important ministry. 

Consider scheduling recurring electronic contributions in the new year. To sign up, see our website:

Last week's offering:
In-person $3,546.66
E-giving   $2,282.00
Needed for weekly goal:

Our offerings to date:
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
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