Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about the breadth of meaning in the word “neighbor” when it comes to Christian action. Based on Luke 10:25-37



“He Hideth My Soul”                                               arr. J Rouse

“Sweet By-and-By”                                                   arr. J Raney


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*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Praise Hymn                  “All Creatures of Our God and King”                              D Crowder


*Call to Worship

Leader:     As we gather this morning, we are no longer separated by geographical lines;

People:    We are one community, together in the Lord’s kingdom.

Leader:     No matter where we were born, no matter where we live,

People:    we are bound together as creations of the same Creator.

Leader:     Whether we are close enough to borrow a cup of sugar or so far apart we  need to travel for days for a visit, we are neighbors.

ALL:      Let us welcome each other and worship God!


*Hymn                                  “Before the Throne of God Above”                     Shane & Shane

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we know that we should help each other, but we seek to aid only those that are near to us, and people who are most like us.  We know that there are many in need all over the world, but search for opportunities that most likely benefit us as well.  When devastating news is retold, we often ignore those events that least affect us.  Help us to realize that our neighbors are not always the people next door.  Our call to be of service does not stop at the sidewalk.  Help us to be a friend, a helper, and a resting place for those close at hand as well as those at the ends of the earth.  (Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:    Jesus gathered followers throughout His travels, opening His heart and arms

to all those who desired to be near Him.  He gives His love, mercy and

forgiveness to those at the foot of the cross, those hiding in the shadows,

those who do not yet know Him and those who do.

ALL:         Thanks be to God!


*The Gloria

                                    Glory be to God the father, Glory be to God the son, 

                                    Glory be to God the spirit, All glory to the one.




Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Anthem                                             “My God Is Able”                                                      D Allen


Message                                  “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”                                       Dr. Blake

Luke 10:25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”




*Hymn #710                                                                                        “We Lift Our Voices”                                                                 

 Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

        Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come,

       thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily

       bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not

       into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the

       power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Offertory                             “Voluntary on the 100th Psalm Tune”                           H Purcell


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication




*Hymn #761                                                           “Called As Partners in Christ’s Service”




Postlude                                          “Allegro Maestoso”                                           G Young