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February  2020

REFLECTIONS FROM PASTOR AMY JO

      YEAR OF RELATIONSHIP 2020 -RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: FACETS OF GOD

As we continue with our Year of Relationship 2020, we are engaging our relationship with God through a sermon series on the many images of God. The
images that we hold of God shape the ways that we relate to God.  While we can never fully know or understand God, the many and varied images that are used in the Bible to describe God each give us a different facet of the full nature of God. During worship some of the people of Saint Paul’s UMC will be sharing a few words about what each image means to them, or how that image shapes the way they relate to God.

We began this sermon series with a worship service focusing on God as our Creator and how we relate to God with awe and wonder. These images fill our hymnal, including the famous second verse of How Great Thou Art:

When through the woods
And forest glades I wander
And hear the birds
Sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down
From lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook
And feel the gentle breeze
Then sings my soul
My Savior God to thee
How great thou art!

At that first worship service, Barb Helmken shared pictures and memories of how visiting the North Shore is inspirational for her. We will continue, as we consider how we relate to God as: Holy Mystery, Friend, Shepherd, King, Wisdom, Guide, Father, and Advocate.

No image is complete in itself, but each one helps us to understand a different aspect of the nature of God. During February, as the world is celebrating Valentine’s Day, it might also be a good time to consider the image of God in I John: “God is love.” The Minnesota Annual Conference is suggesting a Lenten book study of Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call to Love our Neighbor by Tom Berlin. The book opens with the idea that if we want to really love God, then we should begin by loving the people that we meet each day. This helps us to understand the way in which our relationships are connected: Loving God helps us to better love our neighbor, and loving our neighbor helps us to better love God. May this Valentine’s Day be full of God’s reckless love in your life!

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