This past Sunday's Gospel passage was the story that Jesus tells when the lawyer asks him about neighbors. I used this "Good Samaritan" story as an opportunity for us to think about our own exurban neighborhood context. We're not in a rural area where people share vegetables and help with harvest. We're not in a walkable urban neighborhood with mixed-use development. It's harder to get to know your neighbors when there are eight-foot privacy fences. I also used the sermon as a chance to think about God's compassion.
Here is what my sermon looks like as a Wordle (the bigger the word, the more often it was used):