“But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20b).
Quotes of the day:
“What would a church that is making a difference in people’s lives and in the world look like?”
-- Today’s question for small group discussion
“My prayer is that the church can be the home that you run to, and that we as your family can run to you.”
-- Eric Landram, pastor of Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, preaching on the parable of the Prodigal Son for the Monday morning worship service
“When we offer ourselves to Jesus, warts and all, we will hear him say, ‘I see you and I love you.’ ...The chains will fall away.... It will be our duty and our blessed responsibility to say to others, ‘I see you and I love you.’ ...We will become messengers of Jesus to a broken world.”
-- Laura Stone, chaplain at Timbercrest Retirement Community in North Manchester, Ind., who was the evening speaker. Her text was the story of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet in Luke 7:36-50.
“And now we’re going to sing a song about cows and milk.”
-- Virginia Meadows introducing the following song, during the warm up to evening worship:
“Don’t give me no pop, no pop,
Don’t give me no tea, no tea.
Don’t give me no pop,
Don’t give me no tea.
Just give me that milk, uh huh,
Just give me that milk, uh huh.”
By the numbers:
$230.50 was received in monetary donations for the Larimer County Food Bank
700 pounds of food was received in an offering of canned goods and other nonperishable items for the Larimer County Food Bank
A moment for witness
The Office of Peacebuilding and Policy is sponsoring several moments for witness and peace action during NYC. Monday’s focused on drone violence. NYCers could have their photos taken to show support for an anti-drone warfare initiative as they entered into evening worship.
The #Enddronewarfare initiative follows on the 2013 action of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference that adopted a “Resolution Against Drone Warfare.” The initiative and seeks an end to the use of military drones by the US government in conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen.
The photos of NYCers will be posted on social media and sent to legislators to raise awareness and advocate for peace.
Top 12 ways to make a difference in the world
“How we deal with people in our daily encounters. Instead of instantly judging people, take time to listen to them. Just show love in general, especially in places where love is absent.”
-- Christian from Maryland
“Listen to each other’s story.”
-- Dylan from Ohio
“By showing your love for Christ and not hiding it. Then other people will know you are a Christian and you can have a discussion about it.”
-- Cate from Pennsylvania
“Share more love and respect for others.”
-- Tristan from West Virginia
“Practice kindness till it becomes a regular habit.”
-- Courtney from Maryland
“Being able to accept people’s past mistakes and, despite their mistakes, bringing them up.”
-- Quincy from Illinois
“Spread love, not hate. Go help each other.”
-- Supreet from India
“Try to make a new friend everywhere you go.”
-- Geo from Illinois
“Reach out and do more for community. It all starts in community and spreads.”
-- Jacob from Pennsylvania
“Little things to encourage and to be there for one another, because they all add up.”
-- River from Virginia
“Just talk to people. They may have had a bad day and you can actually make them feel better. You can try to get a smile out of them.”
-- Daisey from Virginia
“Be kinder to other people and show compassion when people are upset. Be forgiving and just hang out with people.”
-- Milo from Indiana
Members of the NYC 2018 Press Team contributed to this reporting. The team includes Laura Brown, Allie Dulabaum, Mary Dulabaum, Nevin Dulabaum, Eddie Edmonds, Russ Otto, Frank Ramirez, Alane Riegel, Glenn Riegel, and Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren.
Music leaders and sister and brother duo Virginia Meadows and David Meadows. Photo by Nevin Dulabaum Day Care Service Project had NYCers interacting with children during a service project on the CSU campus. Photo by Laura Brown NYCers cut t-shirts into diapers for Midwives for Haiti, in one of the service projects. Photo by Laura Brown
Music leaders and sister and brother duo Virginia Meadows and David Meadows. Photo by Nevin Dulabaum
Day Care Service Project had NYCers interacting with children during a service project on the CSU campus. Photo by Laura Brown
NYCers cut t-shirts into diapers for Midwives for Haiti, in one of the service projects. Photo by Laura Brown