vService for 7 June 2020

O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Dear friends and church family

We pray you are well and that you have all you require in this present time.

And what a time it is. We mourn and cry with those around the world who are hurting, either due to illness or injustice. We pray that you are able to be there for those in your family, neighborhood, community that are in need of love and care. And if you are one in need, we pray you have those you can call upon. 

We are saddened by the events in the world recently, and that is why the message for today’s service, although not one currently recorded, is applicable to how we interact with those of us around us. Who is our neighbor, and how do we treat those who are not only different from us in our beliefs, but also in our ethnicity?

Words of Jesus to a religious scholar in response to the question, “who is my neighbor?” led to the story of the Good Samaritan.
After sharing the story, Jesus asked the scholar: 

“Now which of these three would you say was
a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” 
The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
  May you be encouraged by the songs, prayers and message today, so that you may also go forth into your relationships showing mercy to all.

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