Something To Read: The Whakatu Presbyterian Church Mission Statement.

Our Mission: “Loving God, loving others and caring for God’s Creation”

Something To Think:  Friendship Skills.

Proverbs 17:17 states “A friend is devoted at all times.”

Our church mission statement makes it clear we are to love our neighbour, care for our neighbour, be kind to our neighbour – basically be friends with people. Yet in the news and media, unfriendliness seems to be coming more common in our culture and society. In the past week the hate speech and false accusations and then the totally unrepentant attitude when asked to apologise, hints to a sad underbelly here in Nelson and districts. Could it be that the art of friendship is slipping.

In this Month of Mix and Mingle in May, may we be encouraged to work on our friendship skills. Friendliness is taking an interest in other people, being warm and courteous. When you are friendly, you happily share the things you have. You share your time, your ideas, and your feelings. You share yourself. Friendliness is going out of your way to make others feel welcome or to make a stranger feel at home. Friendliness is sharing the good times and the bad times together. Friendliness is caring without being asked to care. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.

Something To Do: How Do You Practice Friendliness? [adapted from the family virtues guide]

Friendliness starts with liking yourself. If you do not feel good about yourself or believe you have things to share, you will stay away from others.

You can be friendly by looking into people’s faces, and smiling at them.

Pick someone that you would like to get to know. Smile and greet that person. Ask them something about themselves and listen to what they have to say.

Do something together. Share what you have or invite them into your home.  The next time you see a friend, show them you are happy to see them – don’t just expect them to know you are happy – express it. Ask them what has happened since you were together, and then tell them what’s new for you.

When a friend is sad, don’t always try to cheer them up right away. They might need to be sad for a while. Sit with them and ask them to tell you what they are sad about.

SOMETHING TO PRAY: An Irish Prayer

May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

TODAY’S READING

John 15: 12 – 15 and  John 11: 32 – 44