This Weeks Scripture – Luke 10: 25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Up coming events & Announcements
November 8 – Remembrance Sunday & Musical Guests the Thistle Theater Choir (Shoe Boxes need to be returned this day)
November 29 First Sunday of Advent & all White Gift Sunday Donations are due today. We will welcome special guests from the Salvation Army this day and present them with our donations.
December 13 Sunday School Christmas Pageant
Shoe Boxes For everyone who has picked up a Shoe Box for Operation Christmas Child please remember to bring it back by Sunday November 8, 2015
Ideas for your Shoe Box – School suppliers (pencils, erasers, rulers, crayons), small toys (balls, yoyo’s, dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, picture books) hygiene items (hair brush/comb, toothbrush, washcloth) and clothing (underwear, t-shirts, shorts, pants).
For more information on how to pack your shoe box please see the below link:
White Gift Sunday Drive This Sunday, Nov 1, will mark the launch of our annual “White Gift Sunday” drive. This means that from now until November 29th we will be collecting items that will be donated to the Local Salvation Army in order to support those in need this holiday season.
This Sunday there will be white plastic bags available at the back of the Church for parishioners to take home and fill with a donation for the White Gift Sunday drive.
In keeping with the history of White Gift Sunday we ask that all donations be either placed in bags or loosely wrapped in white tissue. Doing this will helps us place less emphases on what we have brought and more emphases on the act of giving.
All gifts (non perishable food, toys for children & youth, hats, gloves, mitts etc) should be brought to the Church by November 29, 2015.
What is White Gift Sunday?
The tradition of White Gift Sunday has its roots in a small Methodist church in Ohio in 1904. What began as a humble way to reflect on the love and devotion of the giver and not the value of the gift has grown into today’s white gift services in many churches across several denominations. The story is told that a minister’s wife initiated the idea to solve the problem of inequity of gifts given at the Sunday school Christmas party. Instead of focusing on receiving gifts, the focus shifted to bringing gifts to Jesus that could in turn be shared with people around the world who did not have much. All the gifts would come wrapped in plain white paper, so that no one would know which was an expensive gift and which was a more modest one. No one would feel ashamed of their gift and everyone would share in the joy of giving to others.
Today, in churches that observe White Gift Sunday, in keeping with the spirit of the first White Gift service all those attending bring a gift wrapped in white paper to be given to someone in need.
Images Provided by : Pastor Katie Nightingale-Taylor
Graphic Provided by: Samaritans Purse