Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Matthew 22:37-40

As we start a new year here at Pittman Park, I am excited for us to center ourselves and our ministry on these three verses! My hope, as I said on Sunday, is that the heartbeat of our church will be to Love God and Love our Neighbors as we strive to be a church that Makes Disciples and Transforms the World. In fact, I don’t think we can live into our mission unless we learn to Love God and our Neighbors more fully and faithfully.

So, if you haven’t yet, write these verses down, or print out the image below and put them on your bathroom mirror and refrigerator door so that you are reminded each day of Jesus’ greatest commandments for us. Commit these verses to your memory, but more than that, commit them to your heart so that they become a part of the fabric of your life.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Print this card and post it prominently to help you commit these verses to heart.

This Sunday, as we gather for communion and worship, I want to invite you to a special time of commissioning for our church leadership. This year, some 50+ individuals will lead us and guide us into the future. Their work will be holy work, and I believe that the best gift we can offer our leaders is our prayers and support.

During the service, our leaders will gather at the altar and we will have the opportunity to lay hands on and pray together for them. Please don’t miss this holy moment, I believe it can change and shape the trajectory of our church as we offer our leaders and their leadership to God.

2022 has been amazing, but I’m looking forward to the incredible things God will do in us and through us in 2023!

God bless,

Jonathan Smith
For Jesus. For People. For Community.