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                               1 Corinthians 13:13: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of                                                  these  is love. (New King James Version )


      February is the month of love and what better way to celebrate our love of God than through musical exaltation and worship.  We have exciting things coming up in the music ministry at the FPC of Pardeeville.  In March and April, our Pardeeville community Lenten  services begin Ash Wednesday and run all the way through Palm Sunday.The FPC is also thrilled to welcome the Kat Trio (see: http://thekattrio.net/) to our humble church where they will be playing later this spring. They are amazing and I can’t wait to hear them!  We will  also have a new song of the month for February that will go along with the theme of the sermons. 

         Love, according to Wikipedia, is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that range from interpersonal affection to pleasure. It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection (Wikipedia). It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one's self or animals (Wikipedia). The English word love has, from what I’ve heard, at least 2 and as many as 5 meanings, depending on the context in which it is    described.  The context can be any kind of text like the Bible, but it can also be in a hymn itself.  The contemporary hymn “Deep In Love With You” by Michael W. Smith contains the lyrics “I’m deep In love with you, Lord” and talks about having a strong emotional  connection with Jesus. In contrast, the hymn “Jesus Love Me” talks about Jesus’ love for all of his children in a fatherly, affectionate manner.  The hymn “I Look to You, and You Are Love” talks about love as an action towards others.  “Love Lifted Me” talks about how Jesus’ affection and compassion lifted the author out of his feelings of despair.  No matter what the context, the feeling is still the same—positive and beautiful. 

          So, what’s the point? To borrow a quote from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who wrote Hamilton, “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love.”  Although we should make sure we let our loved ones know we love them all year long, let them know a few extra times and ways this month.  Share your favorite hymn with them. And, dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7 NIV).


Jen Powers, Choir Director


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