Message Notes

April 21



The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 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 neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 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. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 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. 35 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.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”



  • Rain fire on the Samaritans
  • Who is my neighbor
  • Who was a neighbor to the half dead man?


  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Extending Grace
  • Putting People First
  • Telling the Truth
  • Promoting Justice
  • Serving Others


More than Sympathy

More than Empathy

Action on behalf of ...

  • recognizing suffering
  • elimination or ease of suffering
  • generosity with time and resources
  • kindness - boundless love
  • persistent - ongoing care, relationship, friendship...

Eye Condition - Apathy

  • ignoring - looking away from suffering
  • emotional detachment - remaining un-sympathetic, un-empathetic
  • self-centeredness - justifying self first mentalities
  • callousness - victim blaming etc...
  • lack of action - sins of omission

Confession - "I can't see" or "I don't want to see"

Father forgive us for we have sinned

We have looked away when the pain of others inconvenienced us

Father forgive us for we have sinned

We have closed our eyes and covered our ears to avoid the painful stories

Father forgive us for we have sinned

We have justified our lack of compassion with busyness and self importance

Father forgive us for we have sinned

We have said, "it's their own dumb fault..." and blamed the victimized

Father forgive us for we have sinned

We have done nothing when we should have done something

Father forgive us for we have sinned

Cultivating Compassion:

  • Empathy - try their shoes
  • Listen - pay attention, invest in others
  • Mindfulness - prepare ahead of time
  • Self-reflection - spiritual disciplines, prayer, repentance
  • Kindness and Generosity - self-control and discipline make giving easier
  • Forgiveness - resentment and bitterness kill compassionate response
  • Humility and Solidarity - remember the grace you've received
  • Curiosity - educate yourself, do your research, ask questions
  • Serve - train your muscles with volunteerism and service
  • Self-care - be emotionally, physically and mentally healthy...

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is sympathy? empathy? compassion?
  2. What moves you to action?
  3. Have you ever been robbed? beaten? abandoned?
  4. Who has had compassion for you?
  5. How can you develop eyes of compassion?


Wayfinders Family Blessing

Gracious God,

We gather before You as a family, grateful for Your loving presence with us.

Bless our children:

Guide them in Your truth and lead them in Your ways. 

Help them to walk in faithfulness, seeking Your will in all that they do. 

May Your Spirit empower them to love one another deeply, 

to forgive as You have, and to extend grace and mercy to all.

May the lessons they learn and the stories they share grow their love for you.

Help them to know how deeply loved they are by you and this church.

In Jesus' name we pray,


Benediction of The Cross

(The Work of the People)

May the cross,

a symbol of both suffering and transformation,

be a guide in your journey towards the depths of self-discovery.

As the cross stands tall, bearing witness to the weight of the world's struggles,

may you too find strength in confronting your own challenges,

recognizing that within them lies the potential for profound growth.

In the shadow of the cross,

may you discover the courage to face the complexities of your own Being,

embracing the paradoxes that make you uniquely human.

May the wounds of the cross become windows through which

the light of understanding streams into the depths of your soul,

revealing the sacred interconnectedness of your experiences.

As the power and mystery of the cross intersects with the wisdom that is being revealed to you,

may you navigate the tensions of doubt and faith,

finding in your struggles the raw material for a resilient and authentic spirituality.

May you recognize the transformative power inherent in embracing the depth of your own suffering,

allowing it to become a source of hope and renewal.

May the benediction of the cross be a reminder that even in the darkest moments,

there is the potential for resurrection— a rebirth into a more authentic, compassionate,

and integrated self.

May you carry the wisdom of the cross with you on your journey,

allowing it to illuminate your path and infuse your existence with meaning and purpose.


Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


The Apostles’ Creed 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 

Maker of heaven and earth; 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 

born of the Virgin Mary, 

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, dead, and buried; 

He descended into hell; 

the third day He rose again from the dead; 


He ascended into heaven, 

and sits at the right hand of God, 

the Father Almighty,

From there He will come to judge 

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy Christian church, 

the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. 


A Call To Worship

From different lives

we come to worship.

From good weeks 

and bad weeks

we come to worship.

Bringing great times 

and painful memories

we come to worship.

Needing healing, 

needing peace

we come to worship.

With hope in our hearts

we come to worship.

To the Almighty God

we come to worship.

To the King of Kings

we come to worship.


we come to worship.

 Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.



Our practice of communion as instructed by Jesus is a remembering of the Lord until he comes again...

It is also a re-membering of the body of Christ... In this act of faith we are reminded that we are made one in Christ and one with Christ...