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Words From The Hill: Week 7 – October 16, 2022

“You’ve heard it was said to people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you’ve made.’ But I tell you, DO NOT swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it’s God’s throne;  or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” – Matthew 5:33-37

 “Yes and No”

1. In this portion of his sermon, is there anything Jesus said that particularly stands out to you?

2. How have you understood the idea of “swearing oaths” and “making vows?”

3. Why does telling the truth and keeping your word matter so much to God?  Others?  Our world?

4. When was the last time you were less than honest with someone?  When was the last time you failed to keep a commitment?

5. Do others see you as a trustworthy person? Why or why not? 

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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 The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings.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