On Sunday mornings at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, we have been in a three-week discovery into how God has called and equipped us to intentionally live out the mission of God’s Kingdom into our neighborhoods, so it may be next door as it is in heaven.
We named this series and exploration, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Pastor Jeff McLain had the chance to talk both the Lancaster and Merchandiser Newspapers about this series. You can read the article and watch the video from Lancaster Newspapers, on their website Lancaster Online. The Merchandiser Newspaper also has there article on TownLively.
Most of us can’t think about neighborhood life, without thinking of Mister Rogers. It has been said that Mister Rogers was the ‘best neighbor that any of us had.’ Mister Rogers truly exemplified a neighborhood life that most of us would desire.
In the opening song, for his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Mister Rogers would sing; “I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. Could you be mine? Would you be my neighbor?” In this song we hear a realization that since we are both in this moment and place, we might as well make the most of it. That’s a prophetic idea. What would happen if we as followers of Jesus, his Church, would live in our neighborhoods in such an intentional and invested way that those outside the church desired us as neighbors.
The Actor who played Mister Rogers was actually a Presbyterian Pastor named Fred Rogers. In an interview he once shared this, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” In this series, Pastor Jeff McLain shared that he “longs to see the church, and those that make up the church, neighbor in such a way that we are neighborhood heroes to those around us.” In our series, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”; we explored neighboring through this lens and as a Kingdom value.
All three weeks of this series are available on our sermon message archives. You will also find us available through Google Play Music and iTunes. You can view our full archive on BuzzSprout. You can also listen to all three weeks below!