PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
July 14, 2019
This week’s gospel lesson is the familiar parable of “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37). In the story, Jesus tells us that it is not a priest or a Levite, but a foreigner, a Samaritan who stops and renders aid to a man who has been beaten, robbed, stripped naked and left for dead along the Jericho Road.
The Samaritan didn’t know anything about this man lying in the ditch, nor did he judge him for going on this dangerous journey alone. All he knew was that this man was a human being, a child of God, made in the image of God and he was in a life or death situation. He cleaned and bandaged his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his lodging and medical treatments.
The Samaritan was compassionate and merciful. He took pity on the man and did not cast judgement on him. He came to the aid of another human being in a life or death situation and provided him with medical care and safe lodging. It is his actions that Jesus says, exhibit neighborliness and we are to go and do likewise. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.