Peace – Prayer – Joy – Love
Cross on a hill at sunset

One Christ, One Covenant, One Congregation

  1. One Christ – We are united under one Savior, our Lord Jesus
    1. yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
      – 1 Corinthians 8:6 (re: food offered to idols)
    2. I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of
      the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness,
      with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
      There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,
      who is above all and through all and in all.

      – Ephesians 4:1-6
  2. One Covenant – We are united under one covenant together
    1. Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant,
      which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

      – Matthew 26:27-28
    2. We are banded together as a Christian Church
      to maintain the worship of God, to proclaim the gospel of Christ,
      to develop in people a consciousness of their relations and duties to God and their fellow souls, and to inspire them with love for truth, passion for righteousness, and enthusiasm for service.
      To this end we pledge our loyalty to Christ and
      covenant with each other to strive to express His spirit
      in our individual and corporate life:
      to live together as Christian brethren,
      and to submit ourselves to the government of this church,
      working, giving, praying for its increase, its purity, its peace, and
      seeking in every way to make it a power for the building up
      of the Kingdom of God.
  3. One Congregation – We live together as one body
    1. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to
      think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
      For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

      – Romans 12:3-5
    2. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
      It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

      it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
      It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
      endures all things. Love never ends.
      … When I was a child, I spoke like a child,
      I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
      when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

      … And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
      and the greatest of these is love.

      – 1 Corinthians 13
  4. One Good News – Our Hope in the Face of Divisions
    1. No Fear – from our first reading: Psalm 27
      The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
      The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
    2. We Seek – from our first reading: Psalm 27
      One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
      to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
      to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
    3. We Hope – from our first reading: Psalm 27
      I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
      Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage;
      wait for the Lord!
    4. We Unite – from our second reading 1 Corinthians 1
      Now I appeal to you, brothers & sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you,
      but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.
  1. Benediction
    1. from Romans 15:
      May the God of steadfastness and encouragement
      grant you to live in harmony with one another,
      in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may
      with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
      Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you,
      for the glory of God.

      May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
      so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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