1 Corinthians 13 is sometimes called the love passage.  “Love is  patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”  It’s a popular selection for weddings even though it isn’t actually about weddings or marriage.  The Apostle Paul was teaching about spiritual gifts in Chapter 12 of his letter to the early church at Corinth and he goes on teaching about spiritual gifts in Chapter 13. Which leads to the question, “What’s love got to do with spiritual gifts?” Well, according to Paul, spiritual gifts without love are worthless. Preaching, without love, is empty speech. Serving, without love, is empty action. Giving, without love, is an empty gesture.

Love is at the center of the Christian life. Love is what gives meaning to our life together as Christians. Love is what builds up the body of Christ. Love is what endures after all that we have and all that we know have passed away.

Pop stars sing about how human love is a “second hand emotion” and about losing that “lovin’ feelin’.” But God’s love never fails.  And that love is for you!

If you’re looking for ways to help share the love, find people who are new to Riverside and invite them to sign the friendship pad or a “Welcome to Riverside” card.  Take them to Fellowship Hall to share a cup of coffee.  Invite them to come to Sunday school or a mid-week study.  Let them know about opportunities to serve.   If you’re new to Riverside or to the area, Welcome!  We’re glad you’re here.  Let us know who you are so we can love on you!

Feelin’ the love,

Pastor Melanie