The Gospel According to Fred Rogers

When speaking to an interviewer about Fred Rogers, his friend and pastor, George Wirth, said: “There was a whole spiritual dimension to his work in the television business, to be inclusive. He did this without ever identifying himself as a minister. He didn’t wear a collar. He wore a sweater. And he preached in that context in a way more effective than anyone I’ve ever seen, because it wasn’t a sermon like an oratorical thing. It was a communication right into their hearts.” This month our summer series will look at the life and teachings of Fred Rogers through the lens of scripture. Mr. Roger’s theology was centered in the words of Jesus, love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

24 Oct 2021
We are All Neighbors

Psalm 15:1-5

Rev. Ronell Howard

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if God and neighbor are somehow One. “Loving God, Loving Neighbor”—the same thing? For me, coming to recognize that God loves every neighbor is the ultimate appreciation! -Fred Rogers

17 Oct 2021
The Challenges of Inner Discipline (Laity Sunday)

Psalm 132:1-12

Judy Hopkins

I like to swim, but there are some days I just don’t feel much like doing it—but I do it anyway! I know it’s good for me and I promised myself I’d do it every day, and I like to keep my promises. That’s one of my disciplines. And it’s a good feeling after you’ve tried and done something well. Inside you think, “I’ve kept at this and I’ve really learned it—not by magic, but by my own work.” -Fred Rogers

10 Oct 2021
The Gospel According to Fred Rogers: Understanding Love

Psalm 100:1-5

Rev. Ronell Howard

Deep within us-no matter who we are-there lives a feeling of wanting to be lovable, of wanting to be the kind of person that others like to be with. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving. -Fred Rogers

3 Oct 2021
The Gospel According to Fred Rogers: The Courage to be Yourself (World Communion Sunday)

Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18

Rev. Ronell Howard

Little by little we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more and more clues that we aren’t perfect. -Fred Rogers