Sermon Snap Shot February 2, 2020

Sermon Snap Shot February 2, 2020

Thanks to several popular movies along with a number of new books, a whole new generation of young people is getting exposed to the beautiful, well-lived life of Fred Rogers. A Presbyterian minister and child psychologist, Mister Rogers used his fictitious neighborhood – full of many real and imagined characters – to teach his audience three primary lessons:
First, you are you. You are special just the way you are. You are a unique creation of a loving God.
Second, so is your neighbor! In fact, each and every human being is a unique creation of a loving God.
And third, we begin to reach our potential – we begin to experience success in life – when we learn how to listen, forgive, help and serve one another.
And of course, Mister Rogers famously welcomed us into his imaginary world with the famous song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” But over the next few weeks, I want us to take Mister Roger’s question and turn it around. Not “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”…”But Will I Be Your Neighbor?” Because I think that this question – a question that strikes at the very heart of Jesus’ Gospel – will end up being one of the defining questions for our generation. Will I, someone who claims the name of Jesus, be a good neighbor? First and foremost, to my sisters and brothers in the faith – those who see the world more like me than not? But also, to those who may see the world differently than I do?
Today we begin our conversation with this simple yet profound claim: Neighbors listen to one another.
From Sunday February 2 message based on James 1:19-27 entitled, “Neighbors LISTEN to One Another”

Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC
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