Sometimes the good news is bread.
"Sometimes the good news is a story about Jesus. Other times, the good news is bread."
A classmate of mine, Muchengetwa, told me that after a preaching class during my junior year of undergraduate studies in bible college. It has served as a good reminder to me in all the years since. I was reminded of that lesson again recently when I was at the Revolution site one evening. I left the building and immediately pulled my hood up against the cold and started complaining to myself as I shoved my hands in my pockets. And then I realized that some of the neighbors I had spoken with on the lower level would spend the night outside.
I looked at the dash in my quickly-warming car: 28 degrees.
Sometimes the good news is communicated in our stories and songs. We'll have several opportunities to pronounce the good news about God putting on skin and moving into the neighborhood through story and song in the next several weeks. But sometimes the good news is bread. Or in our case warm gloves and hats. Or simple toiletry items. This year there will be angel trees in both locations. You can pick up an ornament from the tree and read what it suggests we might give to our neighbors in need and bring the listed items back to the tree. This is not complicated or inventive. But I do believe that it's good news.
You could also be good news by helping with the Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day (appropriate huh?) served at Keystone. Recently we received a phone-call in which a woman from the Waldo neighborhood wanted to make certain the meal would take place. She mentioned that she and her husband were in their eighties and did not have the ability to go elsewhere and did not have family coming to them. The meal at Keystone would be their Thanksgiving Dinner. She was so appreciative. She even offered to bring a pie. Sometimes the good news is a place at the table.
We have so many incredible things happening at both locations in the next several weeks. In this newsletter you'll read about Sound to Sight, our art and worship event (you'll be so glad you came by the way), hanging of the greens, coffee and carols and our Christmas Eve services. There will be four(!) opportunities to celebrate Christmas Eve with your church family this year. We are trying to make opportunities for everyone to experience that service regardless of holiday travel plans. Please join us for what is truly one of the more memorable worship gatherings of the year.
Sometimes the good news is a story or a song. Sometimes it's simply being together, doing good and knowing that good has been done for us.
Grace and Peace,
November 16, 2014 - 11:33 am
500 W. 40th St. KCMO 64111(816)931-1858sunday mornings at 11:30