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Words From The Hill: Week 5 – Oct. 2, 2022

Matthew 5:38-45
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I  tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn  to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your  shirt, hand over your coat as well.If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with  them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the  one who wants to borrow from you.  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that  you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the  evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

  1. Who are the enemies in your life?
  2. Which is harder for you, to speak to your enemies or to pray for your enemies
  3. Read Matthew 5:38-45 Why did Jesus tell us to turn the other cheek?
  4. Name someone who is a good role model of showing love to difficult people.
  5. What is keeping you from living at peace with your enemy?
  6. What steps do you need to take to love your enemies?
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Greetings,
 
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 The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings.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