The New Commandment

John 13:34 —“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

The Golden Rule seems hard enough. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That’s a difficult challenge. In fact, early in his ministry Jesus said it was like the greatest commandment, the one about loving God with all our being. But in John 13 , late in his ministry, Jesus gives a new commandment in regard to love. No longer are his followers to love their neighbors as themselves. Now they have to love like Jesus did. To love like God does. That is, to love others more than you love yourself, to love them to your own hurt, even at the expense of your own life. Let us pray for ourselves and one another that we will more and more develop the maturity and skill to love in this way, to love like Jesus. It’s our calling.

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 17

First Lesson Isaiah 61:1-4 , Isaiah 61:8-11
Psalm Psalm 126
Second Lesson 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
The Holy Gospel John 1:6-8 , John 1:19-28
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Upcoming Events

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Dec
All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
OSL Healing Service

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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
Wednesday Evening Eucharist

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Date: 13 December 2017
We have separate MS and HS group times in the 6:00 o'clock hour and we are doing a simple dinner with our

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Dec
Date: 13 December 2017
Nov. 29th 6-7:00 p.m. First Pageant rehearsal for k-5th graders (no kid's club or God Squad) This day we

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Date: 13 December 2017
World Religions By, The Rev. Dr. L. Reid Hensarling September 6 Overview of The World's Religions September 13 The Development of Religion September 20 Ancient and Primal Religions September 27 Hinduism

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Date: 13 December 2017
The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story Textbook: The God who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D.A. Carson Susan Waldron September 6 The God Who Made Everything September

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Date: 13 December 2017
 Ignacio Morrell & Deacon Bob Johnson The History of Christianity From Pentecost to the Reformation Textbook: The Story of Christianity (Vol. 1 & 2) By Justo Gonzalez September 6

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Date: 13 December 2017
Old Testament Textbook: Old Testament Essentials, Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman III A Bible and notebook for journaling and class notes will needed (The Bookstore

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Dec
All Saint's Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 15 December 2017
Friday Morning Men's Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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