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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

How Do You Show Love?

February 7, 2021

In the worship service on Sunday Ruth Kolodny will read a story about Jesus healing and caring for others.  

Jesus and his four disciples (James, John, Simon and Andrew) left the Lake of Galilee and went to  the synagogue in Capernaum, where Jesus began to teach.  People were amazed at what he said and were even more amazed when he healed a man by calming his spirit.    

When Jesus and his followers left the synagogue, he went with James and John to the home of Simon[a] and Andrew. The people there told Jesus that Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever. So Jesus went to her bed, took her hand, and helped her up. Immediately the fever left her, and she was healed. Then she began serving them. – Adapted from International Children’s Bible Mark 1:21-31

Jesus shared his love for others by talking to them, listening to them, and by his miraculous healing.  Simon’s mother-in-law showed her gratitude and thanked Jesus by preparing and serving a delicious meal for Jesus and his disciples. 

How do you show love at home for your parents, brothers or sisters? How do you serve or assist people in your family?  There are many ways to show love. 

  • You can tell people you love them, or leave a note for them in a special place.  
  • You can help them out in many small ways. 
  • You can hug them, snuggle with them or give them a big smooch!
  • You can give them a gift: a beautiful  shell or flower, a drawing or a homemade ornament.
  • You can spend time just being with them.  

Everyone has a “love language” that speaks to their heart.  It might be “affirmation” (loving words), “acts of service”(serving or helping), “physical touch” (hugging & snuggling), giving or receiving gifts, or quality time.

My friend Mary has three children; they are 4, 6 and 8 years old.  They are full of fun and I know you would like them!  Hal*, the oldest, is red-haired, very clever, a good athlete and a good friend. Ellen*, who is six, loves art,  dancing and horseback riding, enjoys quiet time,  and knows how to stand up to her two brothers. Chris*, who is four, has always loved to run and climb and use his muscles; he loves to build things and to take things apart.    

This February, Love Monkey came to their house; he is staying until Valentines Day – “to help [them] focus on showing love to one another, our community and the world…” 

One evening  each person in the family received a paper heart with their name on it. Mary told me: “As we sat at the dinner table together tonight we went around the circle and brainstormed what we love about each other and I wrote it on a heart. The hearts hang next to our table as a reminder.” 

On another night, their love language focus was Acts of Service. “Hal helped Chris get ready for school today by getting his muffins and chocolate milk, tying his shoes, and giving him his favorite mask. Chris cleaned and organized Hal’s room. He put Hal’s folded laundry away and made his bed. Since he couldn’t make [the dog’s] bed he chose to vacuum it instead so it would be “Snuggie” for him at bed time…. Ellen made a conscious effort to get Daddy’s High Life from the fridge for him….”

One day they practiced showing love with “kisses, snuggles, and piggy back rides.”

Mary told me:  

“It has been such a fun study. So interesting to reflect that we all have a language that speaks to our heart, but [we] also [know]  how we show our love. And interesting that the kids already know which one makes them feel most loved. “

Hal said he likes [to receive love] by spending “Quality Time” and likes to SHOW his love by spending time. He expressed he only likes physical touch from me, but not his siblings. 

Ellen’s is “physical touch” but [she] likes to show her love by giving gifts, and Chris [likes receiving] “quality time” but shows his love through acts of service.“

How do you show love at home for your parents, brothers or sisters? What are your favorite ways to show your love?  And what are your favorite ways to receive love?  

Here’s something to color while you think about it or while you attend service on Sunday. This wonderful song shows you one way that families share love at home: “Love at Home” Meets “The Cup Song”  Make sure to watch the whole thing! 

I wish you and your family a wonderful week!  ~ Peg Koller 

P.S. – COME JOIN US! On Saturday 2/13, if it is not snowing or raining (and if the sidewalks are clean)  we’ll be drawing hearts on the church sidewalk from 10:00 – Noon.  There’s room for everyone! We have chalk, but you can bring extra if you want.  And don’t forget to wear your masks.  I hope you can join us!     

*A note to parents – I have changed the names of these three children.