4th Sunday after Epiphany (1 Corinthians 13)
St. Paul wrote a letter to the people of the church in the city of Corinth. That letter is found in the Bible as First Corinthians (because it was St Paul’s first letter to them). The people of the church at Corinth were not getting along with one another very well.
Watch the video to find out what St. Paul said they needed in order to get along:
St. Paul taught the people at the ancient church at Corinth that they needed to love one another. St. Paul said that love is patient and kind. He said that love doesn’t brag. Love isn’t rude. Love isn’t selfish. Love tells the truth. Love doesn’t give up and love never fails.
St. Paul reminded the people that everything we have and all the things we know could go away, but the one thing that will never go away is God’s love. As we grow older we learn more and more about God’s love. Someday, we will know all about God’s love…and that’s a good thing because God’s love never goes away!
St. Paul also reminded the people that God has given us faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.
God wants us to remember these things as well. God loves us so much that God sent Jesus born as a baby in Bethlehem. Jesus died on the cross and then because of the power of God’s love, Jesus rose to new life. We belong to God and we will always live in God’s love.
What is love like? What is it not like?
When have you experienced God’s love?
When have you shared God’s love?
Love Come Down. DCCDiscipleland. (Go ahead and do the motions!)
Click on the link below to hear the story Love, Z by Jessie Sima. A robot named Z sets out on a journey to learn the meaning of love. He meets Beatrice who teaches him about what love is like. St. Paul does the same thing for the people of the church at Corinth and for you and me in 1st Corinthians 13.
Jesus’ love is for everyone. Download this sheet that has some simple ideas about how you might share Jesus’ love with other. We had this sheet last week, so try something different this week! https://iksynod.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/6almostnonprepkindnessquests.pdf
Loving God, help us to love others not just with our words but with our actions. Amen.
Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday as we continue through this COVID wilderness. Contact him at email@example.com.