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Instructions

We understand that physically making it to church on Sunday morning isn't always easy. While we strongly believe that a regular routine of worship is important to growing as a follower of Jesus, we also believe that sometimes worship can look different than a typical church service on Sunday morning. We hope this guided worship opportunity will allow space for you to feel connected to worship in a new way, even when you're on vacation, physically unable to make it to church, or just have a lot on your plate. In this guided worship you will be able to listen to the same music that we're singing on Sunday mornings, discuss the same text, and participate in children's activities with the entire family.

Introduction

Through his life on earth, Jesus taught a lot about how we interact with our fellow humans, whether that is our family, our friends, our neighbors, or people we have never met. It is often easy to live out Jesus’ teachings in relationships with people that we like. But what about people that we think are difficult? Do we love them enough to learn their story, to find out what about them makes our relationship with them difficult? In this series, we will be exploring six virtues from the gospels that will help us discover how to learn from people who we think are difficult instead of trying to fix them.

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Invitation - Luke 10:25-37

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.”

Discuss

  1. What did you like about the text?
  2. What did you find difficult in the text?
  3. What did this text teach us about God?
  4. What did this text teach us about ourselves?
  5. Is there anything I am supposed to do after reading this text?
  6. Is there anyone He wants me to share this with?

Reread

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.”

Discuss

  • Can you give some modern-day examples of people like the characters in this story?
  • Have you ever been shocked or disarmed by someone else’s empathy for you? Have you ever been surprised by who showed you that empathy?
  • Have you ever been stretched in showing empathy to someone else?
  • When you hear the story of the Good Samaritan, whom do you relate to most?

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Pray

  • for our capacity to suffer with others
  • for deep care, bold love, and rich community to be experienced in Hudsonville
  • for those who are leaving home

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Be Blessed – 2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit with you. Amen.

Family Activity Guide

Click below for kids ministry resources that you can engage at home with your children!