Art of Neighboring
Making Peace with your Neighbor
Throughout "The Art of Neighboring" series, we have operated under the assumption that we live around relatively good people to whom we've simply failed to introduce ourselves. Our presumed belief has been that if we take the time to learn the names of those God has placed around us, doors to new and wonderful relationships will open. Maybe; but what if that doesn't happen?
What about the neighbor with whom you've had significant conflict? You know; that guy who put the nasty note on your car a few years ago? Or, the lady down the street who spoke harshly to your kids? How are we supposed to be good neighbors to the jerks on the street?!?
Music: "Sing to the Lord of Harvest" by Lloyd Larson; Chancel Choir
Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors. They talked to them, had cook-outs with them, and went to church with them. In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, it's hard to make lasting connections with those who live right around us. We have hundreds of "friends" through online social networking, but we often don't even know the full name of the person who lives right next door.
This sermon series, based on the book The Art of Neighboring asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors show readers how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them. Our church will continue the discussion from the Sunday message into small groups meeting at various times during the week.