Date: May 12, 2024

by Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks
John 17:6-19

“Living into liberating love does not mean we have no responsibility to this world.  It’s actually the opposite.  We have been placed here to live with the understanding that this place is all God’s and we have been trusted to care for it and one another.  This belief is an understanding that this world so desperately needs.  Jesus knew the holy beauty and mystery of liberation but was and is not naive to the alienation that it will create.

We are here but this is not where we should be seeking out belonging- any belonging in this world, this universe, pales in comparison to the liberating love Jesus knows and God gives.

Jesus knows humanity has been claimed for liberating love, not for cheap counterfeit promises of people and empires that proclaim limits to God’s ability to love and be present to every living thing, on earth or otherwise.

Our belonging to anything in this world is not and will not be enough.  Rejection and isolation will be a part of understanding this liberation. People will hate us because we know there is more and as we sang this morning.  You can’t run out of love!”

Watch the full GCPC service on 5/12/24 here
(Scripture and sermon begin at 39:38)