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Week 1 – Sept. 4, 2022

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 5:1

When you think of a “sermon” what comes to mind? When you think of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” what comes to mind?

So often we can forget that Jesus was Jewish. When you think of Jesus, what kind of person comes to mind? Is your image helpful? Not helpful?

Although Jesus interacted with a wide variety of men and women who were Samaritans, Greeks, and Romans, his disciples and primary audience was Jewish. Why do you think that is important to know?

When you hear “Sermon on the Mount” are there any particular things Jesus said that immediately come to mind? Are there any aspects of that you’ve considered strange or had questions about?

Homework: Read Matthew 5:1-15

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On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
Grace and Peace,
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor