It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood with Rev. Kyle Dore July 26th

“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD”

 

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Samuel Anoints David

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”

Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

 

Prayer:

Mighty God, to you belong the mysteries of the universe.

You transform shepherds into kings, the smallest seeds into magnificent trees, and hardened hearts into loving ones.

Bless us with your life-giving Spirit, re-create us in your image, and shape us to your purposes, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Devotional:

taken from Rev. Dore’s message for this Sunday…tune in to hear it all!!

I wonder how many of you like moving? I don’t mean activities like walking around or dancing… I’m talking about the type of moving where you get a bunch of boxes, pack your things, load a truck and find a new address. I wonder how many enjoy that type of moving. I’m sure we would all agree that the best part of moving is when it’s all finished.

So many of us live and don’t really know the people in our neighbourhood. We might know the names of the people on either side of us or the family across the road. But we are unlikely to know all of our neighbours well. On the flip side, we may be unlikely to allow our neighbours to get to know us. It is that openness that allows for the spirit of Christ to flow through ourselves and in turn through our communities.

Questions to consider:

How do I welcome my neighbour into my neighbourhood? Into my life? Into my church?

Do I see them as so different that I cannot envision sharing life with them? Sharing faith with them?

How can I pray to God to give me the courage to truly be a good neighbour?

 

Family Activities:

Being Bold with Banana Bread

It is a safe assumption that almost anyone (especially if they are a Presbyterian!) enjoys fresh baked goods. However, not all baked goods are created equally for all people. Our heightened awareness of allergies or dietary restrictions today tells us that even a baked good made with best intentions may not be warmly received for good reason. Peanut butter cookies are one of the most dangerous things to someone with a nut allergy, for example. Some may use these dietary reasons as a way out of blessing a friend or neighbour with a gift of food. Others may choose to follow Christ’s lead in getting to know their neighbours, preferring the pathway of learning their neighbours’ needs and meeting them as they are able. Jesus challenges us by saying, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12). Jesus’ love is both deep and preferential. His love is so deep because he chose death on a cross that we could be redeemed and be blessed with eternal life by believing in him. He knows our own brokenness so well that as an unbroken person, chose to become broken to meet our needs. He knew his death would bring about our life. His way was the only way for us.

So think about the neighbours in your life, and about the depth that Jesus knows and loves us. Which of your neighbours do you know well enough to bake or provide food for? What are their preferences? Their dietary challenges? Before we left for holidays, a member from our church family dropped off some fresh banana bread for our family. This was a most thoughtful act, but quite daring, too. Not everyone likes banana bread, and not everyone can eat it. Fortunately for us, our friend knew how much we enjoy it and how welcome of a treat this was. Who on your street, could you bring banana bread to? Who on your street do you need to get to know in a newer and deeper way? Pray for courage to connect with people who are new to you. Ask God for opportunities to make meaningful connections with. I’ll close with the words of community building guru John McKnight who says, “A stranger is just a friend you’ve not yet made.”

Rev. Kyle Dore, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Grimsby

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Sound Scavenger Hunt

We have all heard the expression “don’t judge a book by its cover.” These words remind us not to make snap judgments about others strictly based on the visual appearance of others. In order to be a loving neighbour, we must learn how to listen intently to our nieghbours. This takes time and effort and a willingness to put others before ourselves. We need to learn to listen before we speak. This activity encourages us to stop and listen to the happenings of the neighbourhood around us. If you take the time to do this, you may be surprised at all the things you hear. This week, take at least a 30 minute walk around either your own neighbourhood, or the neighbourhood in which your church building is located. Use the following list to keep track of the things you hear. If you have a smartphone or other portable recording device, take it with you to capture the sounds you hear. Can you score 100 points in 30 minutes? You get one point for each unique sound you hear (I.E if you hear three different bird sounds, you get three points).

 

 

Type of SOUND Number of Different Sounds Word Describing The Sound
Laughter    
Someone greeting you    
Children playing    
A bicycle passing you    
People having a conversation    
Baby crying    
Someone singing or humming    
A sprinkler    
Sounds under your feet (walking on grass, pavement, gravel, etc)    
Bird songs    
Wind blowing through the trees    
Dog barking    
A squirrel    
Insects    
A vehicle starting    
Someone’s ringtone    
Music (what types do you hear)?    
Someone using tools    
Water running    
Did you have a conversation with someone?