Reedwood Friends (Quaker) Church

In Preparation for Meeting: January 29, 2012

Speculations on the Simple Samaritan

George Fox University professor of literature, folk musician, and North Valley Friends member Bill Jolliff will be visiting Reedwood this Sunday for the final week of Peace Month. Bill will speak on and sing folk songs centering around Luke 10:25-37:

 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

Connor Frisby and Andrew Mills will chip in, presenting a recitation of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s The Conscientious Objector.

Below are some queries to help prepare your heart and mind for meeting for worship:

How is your life marked by simplicity? How does simplicity infect every area of your life, from finances to relationships to work?

How are we as a community focusing in on simplicity in our relationships and communal work? Where have we created complexity rather than simplicity?

Meeting for worship begins at 9:30am in the worship center.