“which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor?”…
“The one who showed him mercy,”
Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”Luke 10:36-37
Welcome to “Who is my Neighbor?” St. Mark’s vacation Bible School program for 2019!
Responding to the needs of our neighbors has always been a key vocation of the church. Martin Luther believed that service of the neighbor should be a priority for every person of faith. He wrote, “Therefore, we should be guided in all our works by this one though alone – that we may serve and benefit others in everything that is done, having nothing before our eyes except the need and advantage of the neighbor.”
In the parable of the good Samaritan that sets the theme for “Who is My Neighbor?” Jesus makes clear that “neighbor” is not an abstract concept but rather a radically new relationship made possible by God’s reconciling grace. TO be a neighbor is to be in relationship with the people God places in our midst, to both serve and be served by them. During the week of VBS we will explore what this means – for us and for our community – by learning about neighbors both near and far.
Over these 5 days our youth will encounter experiences in both large group and small group settings. Each daily theme will explore scripture and highlight the work of the our church’s world hunger organization that works to alleviate hunger all over the world as they care for our neighbors both near and far.
Being a neighbor means more than being nearby – it means seeing each other as images of the living God in our midst. In faith, we are invited to walk with, work with and learn from one another in love, appreciating all the gifts our neighbors share with us and all the gifts we can share with them. We pray pray that this week will open the eyes of our kids to see the incredible blessings God has given them and our neighbors as they discover the role they can play in God’s promise of a just world where all are fed.