Friends,

How do you measure a year? That question is posed in “Seasons of Love,” a great song from the musical, “Rent.” “Five-hundred-twenty-five-thousand-six hundred minutes,” begins the song, detailing the number of minutes in a year. “How do you measure – measure a year?” asks the song. “In daylights – in sunsets – in midnights – in cups of coffee — in inches – in miles – in laughter – in strife.” Then the chorus offers an answer, “How about love?”

Ultimately, that’s how we measure the life of the church, living out love. We live out our love for God in worship. We love God with all our minds in education opportunities. We love one another in pastoral care and fellowship. In our outreach ministries, we live out our love for all our neighbors. There are a lot of numbers that quantify all that, but in the end, it’s measured by love.

As it is written in 1 John 4: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God … since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

See all the ways God is living among us through the love we share at MPPC.

In Christ,
Joe