Midweek Message

Cinco de Mayo 2015

Jim Hopkins

May 5, 2015

Dear LABC Family,
There will be many themes in our worship this coming Sunday.

  1. We will celebrate Mother’s Day.
  2. My sermon will be “The Good Samaritan Was An Environmentalist,” the second sermon in my “Caring For Creation, Cared For By Creation” series.
  3. We will continue to participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering with a particular focus on a caring response to the needs of the Nepalese people following the massive April 25 earthquake. Thank you for your generous outpouring of support already.
  4. We will continue to build support for our June 7 Hunger Walk.

There are at least three ways to interpret the Parable of the Good Samaritan in light of the need to be better caretakers of Creation. The first is to note that there is no better way to be a merciful Good Samaritan to our friends, as well as our enemies, than to enact polices and adopt practices that will guarantee that there is clean air, clean water and an equitable and sustainable distribution of natural resources for all. The second is to view the earth as the entity that has fallen among thieves and been attacked, beaten and left to die by the side of the road. It is our role to see to it that the earth is nursed back to health. The third is consider the ways in which the earth is our Good Samaritan, frequently rescuing us from disaster and restoring our weary bodies and broken spirits.

The Prayers of LABC from Sunday

  • George Lee for his brother, Herbert
  • Sandra Lee for her friend, Fran
  • The Meads family for Alice Roylance and family, June and Billy, Jean, Angela
  • Larry Sims and family
  • The Evans and Leche families
  • All who are grieving
  • All who are living with health concerns
  • Ruben Artery for his brother, Rick
  • Chuck Johnston, for his step-mother, Ann
  • Karen Okusu for her mom who suffered a fall
  • Karen Hopkins as she remembers her Aunt Joann who died last Wednesday
  • Dave and Sheryl Gattey for Sheryl’s mom in hospice care and for their nephew Phil and family
  • Sydney Webster for her father
  • Tyrone Mack for musician BB King  who is in hospice care
  • Tina Dright for family and friends
  • The people of Nepal as they face the task of rebuilding
  • Mary Karne for her daughter Maryla
  • Thanksgiving with Bjoe Morris on a place to live
  • The people of Baltimore and all communities in search of justice


Forever Young meets on Saturday at 12:30 for the last time until this fall. Please contact George or Alodia if you plan to attend the Luau Luncheon.