Wholly Church: The Good Samaritan
This past Sunday we had our second Wholly Church service of the fall – a holy experience for the whole church. We had separate bulletins for Children and Tweens, musical instruments for our hymns, and a colouring and toy area on one side at the front. We were also blessed to see on our screen art that the Children’s Church did several weeks ago in preparation for the service.
This Sunday we heard the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The Good Samaritan gave time, money, and physical work to care for the injured man. He also took risks: he risked going against his society and having his care be unappreciated by the injured man (in both cases because their peoples were enemies). Nonetheless, someone who might be expected to do nothing, acted bravely and generously.
Of course, there is a lot more that could be said, but instead, let’s look ahead to Advent: four weeks beginning November 29th. This year we are thinking about “Travelling Together to Bethlehem.” When we think of Advent as a time of journeying, we remember that we are not just passively waiting for Christmas. Instead, we are preparing together – our congregation, our lives (cookies and all), and our hearts. So, who will we meet on the road? Who will we travel alongside?
And don’t forget that our next Wholly Church service is the Christmas Pageant on December 13th!