Mother Teresa once said, “We cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” Small Things with Great Love is the title of a powerful book written by Margot Starbuck. Her basic premise is that all around us, every day we encounter those who need God’s love. We can reach out and make a difference by just doing simple, small things, but if done by the power of that love, we can make a great deal of difference. The subtitle is “Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor” and the book is written in a style similar to the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that were popular in the ‘90’s. You do not necessarily read it straight through. At the end of each chapter there are options as to which section you read next. With this method, you can concentrate on what you can do at your age, with your particular family situation, to connect with others around you.
For six weeks, starting September 9, the pastors will be preaching a series of sermons, inspired by this book. At the same time the high school and adult Sunday School classes will be following along with a group study guide found at the back. Pastor Howard and Pastor Beth will also be leading a group study Sunday nights at 5:00, throughout the series. We encourage you to get a copy and dig into the adventure of loving your neighbor. They are available at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, for $10.
We contacted author Margot Starbuck and told her about our plans. She graciously replied, and this is what she had to say:
Friends at First Pres Marion,
I am delighted to hear that you’ve taken seriously God’s gracious invitation to love your neighbors. Thankfully, it’s not about adding one more thing to your busy lives, but rather it’s about transforming what you’re already doing: whose names you know, who you picnic with and who you chat with at sporting events! My prayer for you during these purposeful weeks is that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to, and move your feet toward, the ones God loves. May you be blessed as you embrace the adventure!