DO NO HARM–Sunday Sermon Notes for May 25th 2014

Check out Peter’s tips for what to do when providing comfort to those who are going through a tough time… well worth the read!

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These are my raw sermon notes for my Sermon Sunday Morning 25th May 2014 at Nowra City Church. I post them here principally so the congregation have access to my notes while I am preaching them, but whether you are from Nowra City Church or not – I hope they bless you.

Primum non nocere – Latin

The title of my sermon is Do no Harm

Talk about Romans – We started it at the beginning of June Last year.

Praying through our next series – Possibly the Book of Matthew.

Talk about my study of Job and the paper I am writing at the moment on how we are to respond as Christians to the Terminally ill. – My thoughts about this contributed to the direction of my sermon here today.

Summary of the book of Romans

“This Epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament and…

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Six Spicy Spoons : Sheila Rebera

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When you order Sri Lankan food from this lady, you should be given a warning.  Highly Addictive!  One is simply not enough.

Sheila is based in Blacktown, NSW and has joined our network of Sponsors and Partners.

Available for catering tasty Sri Lankan menu, and party plan bookings welcome.  Sheila has offered to Donate a portion of her sales to National Others Week to assist in providing acts of Kindness to the community.

Sheila’s Contact details: Six Spicy Spoons @ Facebook 

Kindness ripple!

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Kindness ripple!

Was talking to our Chief Photographer at NOW this morning and he shared about a series of events that started with an opportunity to be kind to an unknown customer of a friend, by offering to cut the legs off a chair for a project. He continued to reveal the sequence of events that led to him selling an artwork that he was working on…

In reflection of this story, how often do I hear of someone being kind, who then in return, through a sequence of events that person becomes the person who is actually blessed beyond what they could possibly thought of for themselves. Now Im not saying “go and be kind so you will get back in return” not at all, but I am sure that I am not the only one who sees the bigger picture.

What a joy to be caught up in a sequence of events that involves kindness to others. How can you start the ripple effect today?

Photo was clipped from an advertisement from Toowoomba on Facebook.. I have included the add in the post if you would like to check out their artwork. I love the opportunity to promote recycled goods. Congrats ‘Toowoomba: Lets keep it local.’

Lets not restrict kindness to our local area though.actually, let’s shout about kindness across the world!!!!!!

Kindness in Action

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Sarah and Keonie pooch sitting for a customer at Bunnings.  Kindness in Action

Sarah and Keonie pooch sitting for a customer at Bunnings. Kindness in Action

There is kindness happening all around us.  I was speaking to a great guy today from our NOW team, Patrick, and we were chatting about how kindness doesn’t have to cost anything… perhaps a little bit of energy.

A smile, a hug, an encouraging word or action, yet the energy spent can cause a ripple effect in the world around us.  You don’t know how much your smile will mean to the person you are walking past.   Have a go.  Practice being kind today.

Check out the Pinterest map of kindness:

What are people doing?

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I have been getting great emails explaining what people are doing to be kind in their neighbourhoods. This post will enable to start to document some of those things.

I find that some people find it really hard to tell what they are up to, they feel that it should be kept a private experience.  In many ways I agree, there is a special joy that comes with keeping that to yourself. So why am I posting these,  to help others, to inspire others to be kind.  To give examples… and I am sure that just reading them you will think… yes I could easily do that.  I am a kind person!

  • Been helping a lady…she used to volunteer in our Foodcare operation when I running it. She’s just had 3 surgeries for melanoma and then the real estate told her she had 2 weeks to move for the shed she runs her op shop from. It was set up to give intellectually challenged kids a retail work experience opportunity. I’ve been helping her shut it down, distribute the contents of the shop to other charities.
  • Offered transport to old couple who car was being service @ my mechanic. Long walk to the bank to get cash so they could have lunch whilst waiting for their car to be finished. Took the lady to the bank and back to the mechanic.
  • Offered transport to fellow worker at Bunnings whose lift had let him down
  • Connected young Mum and teen to a church youth group. Helped same Mum thru Bunnings application process.
  • Gave a few lifts to people standing @ bus stops in the wind and rain
  • Driving a guy to his appointment 100kms away.
  • Buying morning tea for 3’workmates
  • Gave away a heap of strawberry plants to a young couple who are starting a garden
  • Encouraged a young girl…her first day on the job at Maccas.
  •  Been helping a lady…she used to volunteer in our Foodcare operation when I running it. She’s just had 3 surgeries for melanoma and then the real estate told her she had 2 weeks to move for the shed she runs her op shop from. It was set up to give intellectually challenged kids a retail work experience opportunity. I’ve been helping her shut it down, distribute the contents of the shop to other charities.

Thats a start, I will continue to pass on the kindness, as it is a great thing to do.  I should also share one more important act of kindness that this person shared:

 

Today..I did nothing. Sorry. Had a me day.

This one is an act of kindness to ourselves.  We need these me days.   Have a great day.

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New LGCO – Global Care Armidale have hit the streets with a bang!

Fantastic project, Congratulations Global Care Armidale

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Global Care Armidale Food Pantry

The pantry was opened on 14 Feb 2014, in the 11 weeks they have 170 members & up to 45 families come each week. The loan for $1,000 that they took to purchase their first load of food from Foodbank was repaid in 6 weeks!

GC Armidale order between 800-1000 kg of food from Foodbank & fresh fruit & vegies from local wholesalers & orchards. There are families waiting outside from 9.30am waiting for them to open at 10am to get the best choice!

There are 7 dedicated volunteers & 2 students from a local high school who volunteer as part of their studies. The program can easily run on the day with 3 volunteers.

They have had many opportunities to pray for people & have had people come to church for a special event.

The pantry meets all its own expenses like, electricity, admin…

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So What Do you do as a Co-Ordinator of National Others Week?

Good question! is my reply.  My goal is to promote kindness in the community. To celebrate the acts of kindness that is already happening in the community and to advertise these acts, so that people know that there are kind people living around them.  There are people who live kindness in their daily lives.  These are the unsung heroes of society that can often be missed, the heroes of community that give that extra love and attention to detail in their everyday job, the volunteers that make services run in the community.

What if the community joined together and promoted kindness together, we would start a kindness movement world wide.  That is my goal.  We are educating people on ideas of how to be kind, working towards a week of planned and not so planned kindness to others in the first week of November, where we will be highlighting heroes, locally, nationally and internationally as our team expands across Australia, the UK, South America, Africa and the South Pacific.

What do I need to make this happen.  People.  Contact us at leeanne@globalcare.com.au   Tell me about what you are doing and where you are from.  I will put your town on our kindness map and help you to promote your acts of kindness.

 

After-all life is a team sport!