First United Methodist Church of Gadsden

Changing Lives By
Sharing Christ, Making Disciples, Serving People and Giving Hope


Ash Wednesday cross ashes

February 14, Ash Wednesday worship:  6 PM
In the Sanctuary

Sermon Notes for Thursday, February 8 and Sunday, February 11

John 15 12-13

“Love Takes Work and Sometimes It Hurts”

1 Corinthians 13:8 and13 (NKJV) 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away… 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

Matthew 5:44-46 (NKJV) 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 

John 15:12-13 (NKJV) 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Valentine’s Day is next week! Love is in the air! My wife Lana and I started dating in high school back in 1975. One year we made some kind of valentine “T-shirts” with love quotes. I think we still have them stored somewhere. If we find them, we will wear them Sunday!     

When we read Scriptures like these above, we realize God really expects us to love as He does? We have a world full of hurting people who need love. I am one. So are you. To some degree, we have all been hurt. Maybe it is by selfish parents, or uncaring institutions, or cutting relationships, or an isolating and alienating society, but we have all been hurt. 

How can you look past hurt and love today?

See you in worship this week. The sermon will challenge us to love as God loves.

Harvey Beck

Senior Pastor 

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Thursday Worship:

5:30 PM, Sancutary


8:45 AM:  "Celebration" Worship, Contemporary Style Worship --Gym.

10:00 AM: Sunday School and Small Groups- Education Building

10:55 AM:  "Traditions", Traditional Worship --Sanctuary

Wonderful Wednesday Dinner and Small Groups
5:15 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Small Groups for Adults, Youth and Children

Nursery available on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

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