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In honor of Monday’s Valentine’s Day holiday, I’m going to spend some time Sunday with I Corinthians 13, Paul’s reflection on love.  We will be considering a handful of biblical versions of the apostle’s words; my favorite is from The New English Bible.  (Rev. Dr. George S. Hendry, one of my professors in seminary, initiated and oversaw the translation of the NEB.)  Here is how this version of I Corinthians 13 reads:
And now I will show you the best way of all:
I may speak in tongues of mortals or of angels, but if I am without love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  I may have the gift of prophecy and know every hidden truth; I may have faith strong enough to move mountains; but if I have no love, I am nothing.  I may give away all I possess, or even give my body as a sacrifice, but if I have no love, I am none the better.
Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one.  Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offence.  Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over another’s sins, but delights in the truth.  There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.
Love will never come to an end.  Are there prophets?  Their work will be over.  Are there tongues of ecstasy?  They will cease.  Is there knowledge?  It will vanish away; for our knowledge and our prophecy alike are partial, and what is partial vanishes when wholeness comes.  When I was a child, my speech, my outlook and my thoughts were all childish.  When I grew up, I had finished with childish things.  Now we see only puzzling reflections as in a mirror, but then we shall see face to face.  My knowledge now is partial; then it will be whole, like God’s knowledge of me.  In a word, there are three things that last forever:  faith, hope and love; and the greatest of them all is love.

See you Sunday.

Sunday February 13, 2022 Bulletin
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