First Word - June


The Power of Love “There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over sentimentalise it. There’s power, power in love.” If you don’t recall hearing it let me remind you, for it is a quotation from one of the most talked about sermons of recent times. The Most Revd Michael Curry Bishop of the Episcopal Church of America preaching at the Royal wedding of Prince Harry to his bride Meghan in St. George’s Chapel Windsor. It was a powerful message from a Christian preacher delivered in his own distinctive style and all the more distinctive because it is not recognized as being the style we are accustomed to. Through the year we minister to an increasing number of young couples coming to seek God’s blessing on their marriage and commitment to each other as they make their vows before God and their family and friends. They come before God who is the source of all love for as it is declared in the letter of John- “God is love.” Love is at the heart of the two great commandments which Jesus used to sum up the teachings of Moses. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” Just imagine a world where love is the way we define ourselves and relate to each other. When love is the way - we can treat each other well. When love is the power that drives our words and actions then the power to renew and refresh the world is in our hands to take forward the establishing of God’s kingdom in our midst. “Let us love one another, because love is of God” (1 John 4 v16)