How Can I Help?
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Good help can be hard to come by.
It can be difficult to ask others for help when we need it. And, I've learned as a minister, it can be difficult for those who may want to help to feel equipped to actually do so. It’s not that they’re uncaring; it’s that they simply feel they don’t know what to say or do. While fear of getting it wrong shouldn't keep us from helping others, we should take care to ensure we get it right. There are times when someone's difficult or painful situation is made worse by an indelicate attempt to provide support.
Because we all need each other’s help, from time to time, to be resilient people, we’ll explore together this Sunday the challenges of helping and being helped. I’ll offer some practical do’s and don’ts, and—at long last—reveal all of the tricks of the pastoral trade. (Spoiler Alert: there really aren’t any…!)
In faith and love,