The North Carolina Council of Churches is calling on people of faith and leaders of the faith communities across NC to shape their worship services the weekend of December 2-4 around the theme: Love One Another. After an election season that has seen unprecedented divisiveness, a divisiveness now spilling over into the places where we live and move and have our being, we must name the truth that many of us – most of us – do not support words and actions of malice.
We have posted resources that can be used or adapted by your faith community. For those who follow the common lectionary, the Old Testament reading for December 4 is, appropriately enough, Isaiah 11:1-10, “They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain…”
Clearly, there is more work to be done than any single worship service can accomplish, but on this weekend, let us commit again to the work of living into God’s claim on our lives, lives that are enriched by our shared commitment to one another. Our faith communities must continue to reflect to the world the generosity, kindness, and grace we have received at the hand of God. In prayer, song, and exhortation may we lift high the command to Love One Another.