A Word from Pastor Stefan
Ready for “More Good”?
In my sermon from September 22 I asked us to commit to daring acts of “More Good.” Let us all look for acts of kindness in our church, in our families, work, schools and in our country and share them with each other.
I am inspired by Mary Latham, a woman from New York who believes that there is more good than bad in America. She is traveling through 50 states to look for more good trough random acts of kindness. Her goal is to collect from each state a “More Good” story that she will publicize in her book. She will give this book to hospital waiting rooms in the Unites States
Through her journey through the Unites States she heard many small and big stories of kindness. She says we can always look for the good in a person’s life. She shared a story of a woman in a grocery store who notices a man who looked sad. She looked at the man and smiled. After she paid for her groceries the man came to her and gave her a candy and thanked her for her smile.
Mary Latham encourages us to share random acts of kindness. I would like to focus in the month of October to highlight stories of kindness where people helped each other did something good for each other. To make this visual I would like to collect canned goods at the church through the month of October. When you come to church you will see canned goods displayed and if you can bring some so that at the end of the month, we give the canned goods to our local food pantries to help people with food.
Jesus started this more good movement when he shared stories of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, when he shared food with thousands, when welcomed and blessed children, when he accepted the outcast and strangers, when he went on the cross and turned death into new life.
We all have a mission and purpose in our life to look for the good, to share acts of kindness in a world that seems so consumed by materialism, by evil and sadness. Our faith in Christ has transforming power to make things better. Let us all be generous with our acts of kindness.
I hope we can fill our front area with canned good as one expression of our acts of kindness. Thank you for your partnership in this mission of doing “More Good”.