5139 S Dorchester Avenue Worship Service Sundays @ 10:15 am


Listening to the Neighborhood


“’What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him.”        Mark 10:51

 

Jesus asked the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?”… What is is that you seek?  That question also serves as our starting place for ministry in the neighborhood.  We do not presume to know the needs of the people in our neighborhood, so our fundamental posture toward others becomes that of the listener.  As Lilla Watson says, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time… But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Listening to our neighborhood means listening to the unique needs of all of the people here… from the materially wealthy to the homeless, from the graduate student to the professor, we seek to extend the kindness of God in Christ to all people.  As Brother Roger of Taizé writes, “… the source of happiness is not in prestigious talents or great expertise, but in the humble giving of oneself, yes the quite humble giving of oneself, in order to understand others with kind-heartedness.”