Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey
4565 Route 27
P.O. Box 148
Kingston, NJ 08528

Pastor’s Message – Rev. Sharyl Dixon

FEBRUARY, 2018 – Kingston Presbyterian Church

Where we seek to Welcome, Grow and Serve!  

Our Pastor’s Reflections

February is often thought of as a month for love because Valentine’s Day happens in the middle of it. This year Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day. It seems a little strange and yet perfect. As we begin the journey of Lent toward Easter we will mark this day that is supposed to be all about love, mindful of what true love is, that we are God’s and that God’s love is lived out fully in the crucifixion and resurrection. This aligning of the calendar seems an appropriate call to walk this year’s Lenten season Living Love Out! Scripture teaches us about what love looks like.

John 3:16-17, 6 For God so loved the world that God gave God’s one and only Son, that whoever believes in God shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send God’s Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through God.

Mark 12:28-31, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 Corinthians 3:4-8a, 4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdo-ing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.

Jesus’s life teaches us what love looks like. This Lent each week in worship we will receive a new invitation to Live Love Out! Each week we will practice a different Lenten discipline. Fasting, Praying, Giving, Thanking, Serving and Reflecting we will Live Love Out in all these ways but always looking to Jesus who loved so well all the way to Easter!

How will you love in this coming season? How will your life and heart reflect the greatest love there is? How will you share God’s love that others might know how loved they are? What will love look like for you? How will you claim that you are God’s love? How will you Live Love Out this Lent?

May you be encouraged this Lent as we seek to spread the real love we hear in scriptures and know through Christ. May this be a meaningful Lent Lived out! I’m excited to see where and how God will call and use us this Lent.

May Love be yours,

~Pastor Sharyl