Week of June 24, 2018


Job 38:1-11 & 16-18
Ps 107:1-3 & 23-32
2 Cor 5:14-21
Mk 4:35-41

Weathering the Storms
Fr. Lance Williams

Conversational Popcorn and Flowerpots

Who are my neighbors? Do they have kids? Grandkids? What do our neighbors care about? Hope for? For themselves? Their kids? Their city?

How would we get to know such things, and what could we be and do, if we knew?

It’s been said that listening is one of the most basic ways we practice loving. If that’s true (and I think it is), asking questions that get others talking can be the start of loving our neighbors.

At Kids Day in the Park, ASAC will be there offering popcorn and sno-cones and a context for getting-to-know-our-neighbors conversation. It’s a context where it’s safe and sane to ask questions and to listen and to learn. At Kids Day at the Farm, ASAC will be there providing an activity for kids–decorate a terra cotta flowerpot and plant seeds in soil. It’s a context where it’s simple to laugh and serve and to listen and ask questions and learn.

We’re still welcoming volunteers to come help with both events (see the opportunity information at the bottom of last week’s email).
At both events, we’ll be asking people conversation-sparking questions like these:
  • What brought you to Amesbury? What do you like about living here?
  • What are some of the best opportunities for families around Amesbury?
  • What are some of the challenges you think many families are facing today?
  • What are some of the things you wish were available for young people?
  • What are some of the best things happening for your kids?
  • What kinds of support and encouragement could churches in Amesbury provide for parents? for kids? for young people?
  • What are you most hopeful about for your kids’ future?
  • What are you most concerned about for your kids’ future?

If you can’t come or volunteer for one of these events, consider how asking questions like these–and listening carefully–might help you get to know your neighbors–our neighbors.

Let’s love our neighbors by asking good questions and listening well. The Holy Spirit will help us love even more as we do.

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