December 19, 2018
at St Aidan’s
1030 am – Holy Communion
646 pm – Advent Vespers
730 – Advent Book Study
Advent Act of Kindness
Stop by to a Neighbour to say hello.
This Do you know your neighbours? When’s the last time you stopped by just to say hi or to see how they are doing. When Christmas just a week away this Advent Act of Kindness offers an opportunity to put loving neighbour into practice. I think we like thinking of loving the neighbour in the abstract. In our increasingly globalize world its often easier to consider our neighbour to be the one who’s suffering halfway around the
world, or for that matter the person who is desperate for food in our city. Indeed, these neighbours are in need of our love as well. But today we can take a moment to show small acts of love and concern for the people living on our street.
Mark 12: 28-34 – Common English Bible (CEB)
One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbour as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
The legal expert said to him, “Well said, Teacher. You have truthfully said that God is one and there is no other besides him. And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself is much more important than all kinds of entirely burned offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he had answered with wisdom, he said to him, “You aren’t far from God’s kingdom.” After that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.