I hope this week’s new inspire curriculum piqued your imagination. It contains one of my favorite short stories that I have read in the past year. I hope it inspires your imagination to engage in new things and people the way the gospel charges us to. Our inspire curriculum is one that can be engaged both personally and communally which is good because that is a lot like church right now. I hope your personal faith journey is rich with love and joy and I hope you will bring all that you are into our communal spaces of worship and fellowship.
Friends, there are a lot of complicated things in the world today. We are all juggling a million things. Some expected and some we are woefully unprepared for. Even our scriptures are layered and require multiple readings. Which is why I am grateful for this week’s scripture’s simplicity. I think we can all use something that is uncomplicated and straightforward right now. So join me in reading this week’s lesson from the book of Romans.
Owe no debt to anyone—except the debt that binds us to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you have fulfilled the Law. The commandments—no committing adultery, no killing, no stealing, no coveting, and all the others—are all summed up in this one: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love never wrongs anyone—hence love is the fulfillment of the Law. (Romans 13:8-10)
That’s it. That’s the message and the call. Love.
Love your neighbor.
And when you do- you love God.
A quick prayer for your week: O Lord, help me love fully. Amen
Week of Compassion's Global Response to COVID-19
A global pandemic means that people are in need close to home and around the world. Disciples want to know how to help. Week of Compassion has been working with partners to help those in need, through responses primarily focused on food security.
Week of Compassion is more than a week. It is a ministry of the whole Church, reaching those in need "around the world, around the year.” As the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Week of Compassion works with partners to alleviate suffering throughout the world.
Children and Youth Ministry Update
from The Rev. Cara Gilger
Dear Park Families,
Last week we celebrated that our kids were able to get a slice of a “normal” summer and were off having adventures! Laura and I prayed for each of you and we look forward to hearing you report on your joyful end to summer.
This week we will be studying Romans 13:8-10 alongside the adult worshiping community and exploring what it means to love our neighbor as ourselves. Make sure your kids come with an adult Bible (sorry, the kids one doesn’t have this passage) and their Worship Box. We will be using our supplies to create something we can share with our neighbor.
As we prepare for Sunday’s lesson, families can discuss the following table topics during dinner to begin engaging this week’s teaching themes:
What do you think makes for a good neighbor?
Who are your neighbors and what’s one thing you appreciate about them?
Looking forward to seeing your children on Sunday at 10:30am on BlueJeans. If you need a link to sign up for our Children’s Worship email Stephanie Wilson at email@example.com
Pandemic of Love is a mutual aid community of care that was started in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. It humbly began on March 14th, 2020 by one person and was intended to help her own local community. But, like an epidemic, the act of love and kindness spread quickly and is now a beautiful movement helping those in need throughout the world.
What is a mutual aid community? It connects people in need with patrons who can help with that need. This is a tangible way for people to give to each other, quickly, discretely and directly.
What’s the catch? There is none. Kind people are introduced to kind people which results in an act of kindness and human connection.