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Welcome to Sunday School!  We sure do wish we could meet together, share our highs and lows and even our uh-ohs, but in the meantime, we're glad you're here.  We'll be making some changes and figuring out the technology along the way.  Please be patient!  

We know that God wants us to be in relationship with Him every day.  With this in mind, here you will find small ideas and activities you can engage with daily, so please check back in to refresh and connect.  

In this time where nothing is certain but God's love for us, we are glad you are here! 
May 9, 2021

John 15:12  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

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This week's readings

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Love is an action verb. To speak about love without acting on that love is meaningless. We are saved by Grace; Jesus laid his life down for us.  We cannot earn eternal life, but if we truly love God,  it should be evident in our actions both in responding back to Him, as well as how we treat and care for others.  We try to keep His commandments, not to save our own lives, but simply as our response in love back to God for the gift of the relationship we have in Him.

What?  Grape salsa?!  Looks awesome, right?  I also know a great recipe for watermelon salsa, but as far as I remember, Jesus didn't talk about watermelons so that didn't seem to fit.   Give this one a try and let me know what you think.  
Jesus the Vine
from Spark Story Bible © 2009 Augsburg Fortress p 452
Jesus wanted people to know more about his love for everyone.   Jesus said, "Think of plants in a garden.  I'm like a vine.  The branches that are joined to the vine grow fruit.  A branch can't grow fruit without being connected to the vine.  When you're joined with me in love, I help you live the way God wants you to live."
Jesus continued, "God is the gardener, watching over the vine and its branches.  The gardener makes sure the plants have all they need to live and grow."
"We understand."  the disciples said.  "It's important to love you and stay connected to you, Jesus!  But what else is important?"  
"The most important thing," Jesus told his disciples, "is to love each other like I love you.  When you do, God will know and will give you everything you need."
Cool  Go outside and find a vine-like plant.  Look at it closely.  Talk with a friend about how it's like Jesus.  
Highs, Lows, and Uh-Ohs....    

How was your day?  Take a few minutes and share with someone.  It can be someone in your home or you could call a friend or reach out to a relative.  Share what went right, what went wrong, and what just went a little weirder than expected.   (Then be sure you take the time to listen!  )   
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