Neighbors

Jesus said the most important thing we do is love: love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. But sometimes loving neighbors is hard! You know how hard it is to love that neighbor with the barking dog. Or the guy down the street whose yard is often a mess and it leaves the neighborhood looking like people just don’t care.

We’re starting a new worship series on “Neighbors” that addresses important questions about love. Why do we love? What is Christian love as Jesus taught it to us? How do we love and who do we love? As Jesus shows us, learning to love our neighbors is not only essential in our relationships, but also in fully living our faith. Do you know your neighbors where you live? Often we don’t. People often cocoon in their homes. Or we don’t feel like making the effort or go out of our way to meet and visit those who live nearby. It’s amazing to me how much isolation can happen around the places we live.

In the book of I Samuel, there is a story in chapter 25 about David, who makes a neighborly request of a man who has much. Nabal is wealthy, his flocks are abundant and he has food to spare. But he is stingy at heart, indeed he has a heart of stone. Fortunately, his wife has more grace and responds to David as a neighbor should. Sometimes our hearts are hard towards others. Or we’re so busy we feel we don’t have time to stop and talk, or we’re afraid someone will ask too much of us. Sunday. Rev. Brenda Smith preaches. You’re invited to our Family Sunday service to worship a God who goes out of the way to get to know us and to care for us. We want to be a church that knows how to welcome and be a good neighbor, and we can always use a few reminders of how to best do that.

Dave Summers
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131

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