Topic

Ed Nyce (MCC, Bethlehem) told what life in Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel is like for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Each groups has its reasons for fearing the others, each has minorities who lash out in frustration and fear, and each has individuals seeking to be good neighbors and peace makers. Ed used Luke’s story of the Good Samaritan (an oxymoron to Jews of the day) and then asked Jesus’ question: Who is my neighbor? In Bethlehem, good neighbors abound. People extend credit to neighbors of another religion,¬†people help neighbors of another faith escape shelling, people look after their neighbors regardless of ethnicity or faith. They, like MCC’s workers and Christian Peacemakers Teams, are living examples of being peacemakers locally. MCC, through people like Ed, tries to communicat[e] the situation to North Americans in a balanced way (if churches are ready to hear with open minds), the workers try to listen and observe (and learn), and they try to know and respect the stories of more than one ‘people’. Fear is of course manipulated by politicians on all sides. Both the fear and the pain of daily life are profoundly influencing everybody, but especially the children who cannot travel anywhere, some cannot attend schools, many are taught to hate ‘the enemy’, and consequently¬†grow up in an environment of perpetual fear. Returning to the commandment in Luke 10, Ed asked that we all try to love God, and to love all people as ourselves. [JEK]

Service Details

Passage: Luke 10

Communion: Yes

Ecumenical or Event:

Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: Ed Nyce

Worship Leader: Rosie Perera

Song Leader: Edwin Hintz

Pianist: Cynthia Friesen

Usher:

Childrens Feature Leader:

Hospitality

Bring Flowers: Evan & Janice Kreider

Coffee Helper: Hilda Hldebrand; Helmut Lemke/Richard and Charmaine

Sound Helper:

Sunday School Team

Child Care Volunteer: Angela Ekkert