Jesus said that one of the absolute foundational most important things that we can do is to love our neighbors as ourselves. In our increasingly busy and disconnected world it is a struggle to even know our neighbors’ names let alone love them well. As we head back to school we’ll spend these three weeks talking about how we can all be better neighbors. Inspired by “The Art of Neighboring” by Pathak and Runyon.

August 12th – Blessing of the Backpacks and Lesson Plans

Won’t You Be My Neighbor: The Call to Neighboring

Matthew 22:34-40 and Luke 10:25-37

Jesus said that one of the greatest commandments was to love our neighbors as ourselves. As we celebrate back to school time with a blessing of backpacks and lesson plans we’ll explore what it might look like and mean for us to take Jesus seriously and we’ll be invited to think creatively about how we might best love our neighbors.

August 19th

Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Overcoming Barriers to Neighboring

Luke 10:38-42

When we start to think about how to be better neighbors we can quickly create a list of excuses that keep us from taking action. We are busy. We don’t know our neighbors and are often fearful of that which we don’t know. Looking at Jesus’ story of two sisters we’ll be challenged to explore the better way of existing that can help us overcome barriers to neighboring.

August 26th

Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Committing to Neighboring

John 6:1-13

The story of the young boy and the feeding of the 5,000 in John’s gospel illustrate the power of using the gifts we have and being willing to do something. As we close this series and think about how we can neighbor through the fall we will be invited to make commitments about how we will better neighbor in the coming months.