“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD” with Pastor Cherie, Rev. Trish, Rev. Penny & Rev. Kyle – Aug. 30th 2020 @ 10 am

Scripture:  Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Prayer: ~ posted on the Faith and Unity Department of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

God of love, give us a deep love for you, so that we can see the world as you see it, feel the compassion you feel, and be a people whose lives mediate your love to others.

So open our eyes that we might see what the Good Samaritan saw.

Grant us the insight to see the need in others, the wisdom to know what to do, and the will to do it.

And so we pray for all those, who in many and various ways, have been stripped, beaten and left for dead.

We pray for children who must grow up in the most awful of circumstances, especially for those starved of love, or food, or shelter or security.

May they receive the future you have planned for them.

We pray for those we might cross the road to avoid.

Who have been excluded socially because of their race, their financial status, or their history.

May the dignity that is theirs be restored to them.

We pray for those whose need we would rather not face up to, because it requires action of us, those who suffer atrocities because of war, unjust trade rules, or oppressive governments.

May the world receive a true picture of their suffering and the factors that cause it, that justice may be done.

Open our eyes, that we might not cross the road from human need.

Give us a deep love for you, that we might see your love at work in this world, and that we might Go and do likewise. Amen.

Devotional: from Henri Nouwen

“Love your neighbor as yourself” the Gospel says (Matthew 22:38). But who is my neighbor? We often respond to that question by saying: “My neighbors are all the people I am living with on this earth, especially the sick, the hungry, the dying, and all who are in need.” But this is not what Jesus says. When Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan (see Luke 10:29-37) to answer the question “Who is my neighbor?” he ends by asking: “Which … do you think, proved himself a neighbor to the man who fell into the bandits’ hands?” The neighbor, Jesus makes clear, is not the poor man laying on the side of the street, stripped, beaten, and half dead, but the Samaritan who crossed the road, “bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them … lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him.” My neighbor is the one who crosses the road for me!

We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.”

Family Activities:

It’s time to break out the popcorn…It’s drive in movie time! Join us this Sunday, August 30th as we wrap up our “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood” Summer Series by watching this movie. Based on the life of Mr. Rogers and starring Tom Hanks, we know you will love it. We will be showing this movie on the back wall of our church…OUTSIDE!! Bring your lawn chairs and your snacks and enjoy this evening with us…all together in a socially distant way. The movie will begin at 8:30 pm or as soon as it is dark enough to see it!

Finally a question…

We started the weekly letters to keep everyone connected during COVID, would you like to see this continue? If so, would you like it: Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly or Not at all.

If not at all, could you let us know if you don’t find them helpful or simply wish to be taken off our list?

If you could reply to the office or Pastor Cherie or your Elder with your answer, we would find it very helpful. Thank you.