This summer marked the release of the movie Won't You Be My Neighbor, a documentary based on the life of Fred Rogers. The low budget approach of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood that focused on relationships defied the experts and the odds in having an extraordinarily long run in children's national television programming from 1968 to 2001.
Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister who found his calling in teaching children (and many of their parents) the value of good neighboring. Without ever quoting chapter and verse from Scripture, day after day his life and his television show offered a witness to the heart of the gospel: "Love God. Love people."
This Sunday, we'll kick off a new message series designed to encourage us to be better neighbors. Good neighboring is a vital way every one of us can make the world around us a better place by putting core values of the gospel into practice.
During this series, you will benefit from taking advantage of two opportunities:
See the movie Won't You Be My Neighbor. It's no longer at the theaters but will be available through Redbox on demand beginning August 21. Other streaming apps may have it available then as well.
Read the book The Art of Neighboring. Several copies are available in the Trinity bookstore. Stop by on Sunday to pick up or order a copy.
There is great potential for each of us to impact our neighborhoods by taking Jesus' words about the greatest commandment seriously. Show up on Sunday and let's explore together this important way of living the gospel!
Grace and peace,