Community in Action

Last Sunday I talked about the parable of the sheep and goats. Those who were blessed in this parable were the ones who invited strangers into their homes. Hospitality to strangers is a highly valued characteristic in the ancient neat east.

    Abraham, when he was first in the promised land, saw strangers walking by and quickly invited them in for rest and refreshments. He not only provided them shade, but a meal and conversation. He was rewarded in that he then was able to speak to them about having his nephew Lot from being destroyed.

    This year we had planned to do a “Service Worship Sunday” where we take a break from worshiping in the sanctuary and encourage people to serve their neighbors or community in some type of service project. We did this last year and found it to be very successful. This year we had planned to serve those in nursing homes. Of course that is not an option due to the current circumstances, but our worship committee has found another way to serve that group of people.

    In conversation with one of the directors at Sunrise Pleasanton we have decided to ask the people of JKPC to write a card or two, or more, to one of the residents at Sunrise Pleasanton. The goal is to collect 91 cards, one for each resident, to drop off on Pentecost Sunday for distribution to the residents living there.

    This could be a “Thinking of You” card or perhaps “Praying for You” card or even a “Have a Wonderful Day” card. The director was excited that we could help brighten someone’s day just by letting them know people outside of the nursing home are thinking of them.

    The Worship Committee thought this would be a perfect way to spread the good news of God’s love on Pentecost. Pentecost is considered the day the “Church” was born. It is a day when the Holy Spirit came upon the believers of Jesus and gave them the power to speak in a variety of languages.

    Pentecost or Shavuot is the first harvest celebration, but it is also the day commemorating the giving of the Torah to Moses. It was the day the Israelites received the “Word” of God, the covenant of the Law.

    We are part of the new covenant, the law of love. What better day to celebrate with strangers the love of Jesus than through cards and well wishes than Pentecost Sunday.

    Beginning next week we will have a collection box outside the office to receive your cards to give to the folks at Sunrise Pleasanton. Another option is for you to mail us a card, just indicate under the return address section “Greetings for Sunrise Pleasanton Resident”

    Seeking to spread the good news with you,

    Pastor Randy

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