“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Did you know that Easter is actually an entire season in the church year? From Easter Sunday until Pentecost, the church has traditionally spent time reflecting on what it means to be disciples of the Risen Lord. We read from the Book of Acts, which tells the story of the disciples as they started the church, and for the Easter season we will be examining how John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, understood discipleship. In response to confusion and misinformation about who Methodists were and what they believed, Wesley wrote a treatise called The Character of a Methodist in which he defines Methodists as people who:
Rejoice in God
For Wesley, disciples of the Risen Lord are rooted in love of God and express that love for others. Each week during the season of Easter, we’ll examine in the sermons and the hymns one of these marks of Methodism, which of course we share with Christians of all kinds.
Most of us tend to be naturally good at loving God in a particular way: some people love God well with their minds, thinking and reading about their Creator. Some people love God well with their souls and have a rich prayer life. Some people love God well with their hearts, sharing great affection and joy with God and others. Some people love God well with their strength, using their bodies to serve others or enduring great hardships for their Savior. Which do you do well? How could you share that gift with others? Alleluia! Christ is Risen and in our love for God and others he is present with us today.
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be yours,
Katy Shedlock, Pastor
Rockford Community United Methodist Church
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