Amos 7:7-17;
Psalm 82
Colossians 1:1-14;
Luke 10: 25-37

‘You can’t love your neighbour while supporting or accepting systems that crush, exploit, and dehumanise them. You cannot love your neighbour while accepting less for them and their family than you do for you and for your own’. (Mika Edmonson)

Great reflection/sermon by Nadia Bolz-Weber, A Sermon on Why it is The Parable of the Merciful Samaritan and not the Parable of the Robbers

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37): A Joint Christian–Buddhist Reflection
Kemmyo Taira Sato and Michael Ipgrave (pp 44-47, WCC Dialogue magazine)

This hymn is based on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Who is My Neighbor?
LOBE DEN HERREN (“Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”) (MIDI)

“Who is my neighbor?” A lawyer asked Jesus, to test him.
So Jesus told him a story to answer his question:
Lonely the way…
Lonely the traveler one day…
Robbers attacked him and left him.

First down the road came a priest who just chose to ignore him.
Next came a Levite who wouldn’t do anything for him.
Then one despised,
Hated in everyone’s eyes,
Knelt down to heal and restore him.

Tending the wounds of the man, the Samaritan labored.
He was the one with compassion, the one in God’s favor.
Not by a creed
But by responding to need,
He proved to be the good neighbor.

Biblical Reference: Luke 10:25-37
Tune: Straisund Ernewerten Gesangbuch, 1665. Harm. The Chorale Book for England, 1863
Text: © 2007 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books).

Song: Bind all my wounds again
From the crush of wealth and power something broken in us
all waits the spirit’s silent hour pleading with a poignant call,
bind all my wounds again.

Even now our hearts are wary of the friend we need so much.
When I see the pain you carry, shall I, with a gentle touch,
bind all your wounds again?

When our love for one another makes our burdens light to bear,
find the sister and the brother, hungry for the feast we share;
bind all their wounds again.

Ev’ry time our spirits languish terrified to draw too near,
may we know each other’s anguish and, with love that casts out fear,
bind all our wounds again.
(Tune: Bridegroom; Lyrics Kendyl Gibbons)

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