Sunday – February 7, 2021

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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"By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things." Galatians 5:22-23

"Evil, injustice, oppression, all of those awful things, they are not going to have the last word. Goodness, laughter, joy, caring, compassion, the things that you do and you help others do, those are going to prevail..." Archbishop Desmond Tutu

This Sunday, we'll keep journeying through the fruits of the Spirit as we continue our series, "Turning the Corner and Stepping Out Faithfully in 2021: With Goodness and Kindness." In the midst of preparing for Sunday, I read a blog that focused on the virtue of kindness.

The author talked of kindness in very pragmatic terms, recommending that we extend it to others in the following ways: 1) Simply open your eyes to people around us who are in need (stressed, anxious, confused, hurting, troubled, etc.) 2) Understand that everyone has a story and personal struggles, 3) Choose compassion as the usual course of action, and 4) Make it a habit.

 The author also talked about "kindness killers": self-righteousness, self-involvement, and fear. The blog closed by saying that radical kindness involves three principles: do it daily, keep your ego out of it, and don't expect reciprocity.

Even though the blog wasn't anything new or earth-shattering, it reminded me of how important kindness and goodness are for life. Take some time this weekend to watch for acts of kindness and if you see, share, or experience something, email me the story (revjohn@encinitaschurhc.com).

This weekend we'll also share in Communion (have the bread and juice ready at your screens) and remember how Jesus reminds us of goodness and kindness through this spiritual feast. I hope to see you at 9:30 a.m. on Livestream for a Spirit-filled morning together.

Grace and Peace,

John

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