Art of Neighboring
The Fear of Neighboring
As we continue to consider Jesus' command to "love your neighbor as yourself," we recognize that it's one thing to reach out to the neighbor we've always wanted to meet, but it's quite another to be a good neighbor to someone we've sought to avoid. This weekend, we consider together the fear that keeps us from reaching out to those next door so that we can take hold of God's power to love even our scariest neighbors!
Music: "My God, Accept My Heart This Day" by Howard Helvey; sung by our 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.