Love is more than sentimental feeling. A neighbour is a lot more than just the person who lives next door. And God’s law is so much more than rules and regulations. Leviticus 19 was a refresher on God’s law for Israel. Today’s sermon is a refresher for us.  Sermon by Steve Swan from the 22nd of May, 2016.

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‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ What every man’s mind ought to be towards his neighbour could not be better expressed in many pages than in this one sentence.

John Calvin (1509 – 1564)

 

 

Who belongs to the human community for which we will accept common responsibility? Who belongs at the exit gates and at the entrance gates and at all the way along the way? What with the radically handicapped and those who are in so many ways incapable of asserting their rights? Do they have rights? We live at a time in jurisprudence both in Canada and in the United States in which it would seem that the brightest and the best, supported by the courts, have endorsed, it would seem, a new doctrine and that is that nobody is the bearer of rights who does not have the power to assert those rights. A devious, devious doctrine. Great evil afoot! 

Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009)

 

 

Every human life is sacred, precious to God and entitled to respect, dignity, and protection.

from King’s Fellowship confession of faith

 

 

It is our care of the helpless, our practice of loving kindness that brands us in the eyes of many of our opponents. ‘Only look,’ they say, ‘look how they love one another!’

Tertullian (155-240 AD), Apologeticus pro Christianis

 

 

God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.

Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

 

 

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) East Coker, Four Quartets