St. John’s LENTEN CHALLENGE: 101 Random Acts of Kindness

A few weeks ago, a group of women who meet every Tuesday morning in the parish to pray, were commenting on a passage in Micah. It starts with his assertion “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.” Then he asks, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (6:8)

As part of this group, I was surprised by their response. The women in the group mentioned the popularized list of 101 Random Acts of Kindness which was popular a decade or so ago. As we scanned the list, we recalled our own lives and described our positive responses we had to this 101 Random Acts. As we talked about it, we decided that we would issue a challenge to the parish.

So, here it is. The season of Lent is traditionally considered a period of self-discipline and self=denial. Therefore, we are challenging St. John’s during the 40 Days of Lent to see how many of the 101 suggested acts the parish can check off as completed. In addition to doing acts of kindness, we are also asking people to record any acts they have received from others.

The list of 101 Random Acts of Kindness is an attached file and a large copy of it is posted in the Crypt Café (on the blackboard). Extra printed copies to take home have been placed at the back of the Chapel and Church. You are invited to visit the Crypt Café after the first week in Lent and check off one or more of the Acts you have done. Similarly, if you have received one or more of the Acts of Kindness, you are to check them off, too. By the end of Lent it will be interesting to see which kinds of things we do well and which ones seem difficult or beyond us.

One Hundred and One Random Acts of Human Kindness.pdf

We hope that, in performing such Random Acts of Kindness, we are practising in a modest way what Micah calls, ‘doing good’. This is a chance to spread joy in unexpected places, to bring a glimmer of happiness unexpectedly into someone else’s life. It is an ordinary way of serving others. Some may see this project as spreading the light of Christ into the world, while others may see it as a way of grooming ourselves to be more like Christ. Even others may approximate this as a form of evangelism. Whatever you want to call it, just try it.

Susan Little, Pam Battersby, Jennifer Settle, Gayle Shears, Patti Troughton, Rebecca Vendetti, Margaret Wilding-Denew

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