Why do we love our neighbours? Do we have ulterior motives? Or is our love genuine and unconditional. In order to explore this tension, we need to understand the connection between the the Great Commandment (to love our neighbour) and the Great Commission (to make disciples).
Once we've "broken the ice" and gotten to know our neighbour's names, then what next steps can we take to move deeper into relationship with them? Today we we explore some practical ways to move from "Acquaintances" to "Friends" as we seek to love our neighbours as ourselves.
This Sunday we were pleased to have our mayor, Vance Badawey, join us for a conversation about the state of Port Colborne (the good and the bad), and to share in some frank discussion about what churches and Christians can do to enhance our community through the practice of loving our neighbours. We also heard the heartfelt story of Pepe Nuziato. Pepe's story is not unique. Many people in our cities struggle to make ends meet and can easily "slip through the cracks". What can churches like ours do to best help people like Pepe? These aren't easy questions, but if we are to "love our neighbours as ourselves" then we must address them head on.
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.