C. S. Lewis on Love
“If it is maintained that anything so small as the Earth must, in any event, be too unimportant to merit the love of the Creator, we reply that no Christian ever supposed we did merit it. Christ did not die for men because they were intrinsically worth dying for, but because he is intrinsically love, and therefore loves infinitely.” Taken from Miracles, chp. 7
“Continue seeking Him with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him.” Taken from Letters of C. S. Lewis
“Though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.” Taken from Mere Christianity , book III
“Divine Lord is Gift-love. The Father gives all He is and has to the Son. The Son gives Himself back to the Father, and gives Himself to the world, and for the world to the Father, and thus gives the world (in Himself) back to the Father, too.
And what, on the other hand, can be less like anything we believe of God's life than Need-love? He lacks nothing, but our Need-love, as Plato saw is ‘the son of Poverty.' It is the accurate reflection in consciousness of our actual nature. We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness. We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.
. . . A very strange corollary follows. Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and a cry fro help? This paradox staggered me when I first ran into it.” Taken from The Four Loves , chp. 1
“God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them.” Taken from The Four Loves , chp. 6
“He creates the universe, already foreseeing—or should we say ‘seeing'? there are no tenses in God—the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the nails driven through the mesial nerves, the repeated torture of back and arms as it is time after time, for breath's sake, hitched up. If I may dare the biological image, God is a ‘host' who deliberately creates His own parasites; causes us to be that we may exploit and ‘take advantage of' Him. Herein is love. This is the diagram of Love Himself, the inventor of all loves.” Taken from The Four Loves , chp. 6
“God loves us; not because we are loveable but because His is love, not because He needs to receive, but because He delights to give.” Taken from Letters of C. S. Lewis
“Human beings can't make one another really happy for long. . . . You cannot love a fellow-creature fully till you love God. . . . No natural feelings are high or low; holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God's hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own and make themselves into false gods.”
Taken from The Great Divorce , chp. 11
“Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.” Taken from The Four Loves , chp. 1
“When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.” Taken from Letters of C. S. Lewis
“Love as distinct from ‘being in love' is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be ‘in love' with someone else. ‘Being in love' first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.” Taken from Mere Christianity , Book III
Rev. Deacon Jim Casper was honored during Coffee Hour at St. Andrew's August 11, 2013 for his being ordained to the deaconate. He was ordained at his home parish, St. Thomas Anglican Church, in Mountain Home, Arkansas on May 19th. Deacon Jim regularly attends both churches as he works in Kankakee, Illinois.
Preschool Open House took place Sunday afternoon, August 18, 2013. Classes begin after Labor Day . Please be in prayer for this ministry.
A Youth Pool Party was at Will and Beth Garrison's on August 25, 2013.
“ Rally Day Sunday ” September 8, 2013 will launch our Sunday School for children and teens for the 2013-14 year. There will be a Pot Luck CHURCH PICNIC following the Holy Communion Service that day. Please sign-up now to bring items. Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns and drinks will be provided. We will need men and youth to help with the set up of the canopy, tables and chairs that morning around 8:30 a.m. A balloon launch is being planned along with some organized games. Plan now to attend and bring your favorite picnic foods for feasting, games, fun, and fellowship!
A fall work day is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th, starting at 9:00 a.m.
HOMECOMING SUNDAY changed to October 6, 2013
That day is also the celebration of the
“ Of Rev. Levi's Ministry ”
here at St. Andrew's.
Bishop Royal U. Grote will be with us Sunday, November 24, 2013.
Rev. Deacon Jim Casper
Franklin H. Sellers, Jr.