Sermon Series: You Belong Here 

August 6, 2023 – Week 1: Growing in Love 

A new sermon series begins this week – You Belong Here. Remember the the nursery rhyme…”Here’s the church. Here’s the steeple. Open the door and see all the people.” You probably even remember the hand motions that go along with it, don’t you? I can see a little girl from church wiggling her one of those fingers as she exclaims, “And there’s Jimmy!” Precious! Each Sunday I look out at “all the people” and am reminded the church has all kinds of people filling its sacred worship spaces. People seeking a place to find community and connection with friends. There are people here facing various struggles and people seeking to grow spiritually. All of us share a common journey – to become more like Jesus in the way we live and love. This Sunday may you be counted among the people who find a place of welcome and belonging here at Clinton First. And invite a friend to join you!


1 John 4:7-12

New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us.