What is it that the world is most in need of? What is it that possesses the strong possibility of righting wrongs and stamping out evil, injustice, and oppression? No, it’s not power or wealth; it’s not politics or policies; it’s not even chocolate! It’s love.
Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church (and preacher at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) focuses on this game-changing ideal in his book Love Is the Way.
The front jacket of the book says this about Curry’s writing: “The way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God. This book will lead readers to discover the gifts they need in order to live the way of love: Deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity.”
This book will provide the theme for our upcoming Lenten season. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 2) and continuing through Easter Sunday (April 17), we will be offering a number of opportunities to connect with this inspiring and challenging book.
- Sunday mornings – worship at 9:30am will be crafted around two chapters of the book/week.
- Wednesday nights –
- 30-Minute Worship at 6:30pm will include a hymn or two, scripture, prayer, and a recorded message on material from the book presented by one of the District Superintendents
- Small Group Discussion* (in-person from 7-8pm) on two chapters of the book/week
- Thursdays (March 10 – April 7) Small Group discussions* on ZOOM (10-11am and 7-8pm) will focus on two chapters of the book/week
- Special notes for youth in grades 7-12: THE BOOK IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE YOUTH, we will meet in person Sundays from 11-12 (following worship) or on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 (same time as the adult group) to discuss highlights from the message/book and how they apply to their own context. You are also welcome to join the adult group. If you prefer a Zoom option for discussion contact Lynnette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you wish to be a part of a small group, please sign up at church or online at https://bit.ly/LentSmallGroups22. Participants in adult small groups should have a copy of the book to read in advance. Secure your own copy or indicate when you sign up that you need a book, and the church will order copies as needed.
As we journey through this book we will address some of today’s most important questions:
- What is love?
- How do I find God’s love?
- How do I find the energy to keep loving when the world seems to be going the other way?
- Can love really change the world?
- Won’t loving everybody make me a doormat?
- I’m just a regular person, so how can my love have an impact?
- I’m told to love my neighbor, but who is my neighbor?
- What if love reveals me to be a hypocrite?
- Do I have to love even my enemy?
- How can love overcome what divides us and move us forward together?
- Does love mean avoiding politics?
- How can love make “E Plurbis Unum” real in America without erasing anybody?
Join us this Lenten season. And because I believe there are many more people who need to hear the messages that will be presented throughout this series, bring a friend with you to worship on Wednesdays and/or Sundays, or to a small group on Wednesday or Thursday. Together, let’s discover how “Love Is the Way.”