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January 01, 1970 10:00 AM January 01, 1970 10:15 AM America/New_York Message Series - The World Is Our Neighborhood Message SeriesThe World Is Our Neighborhood Sundays at 10am@ Crossroads UMC or Livestream There’s been a rumor going around that Disney will be doing away with the popular “It’s a Small World” exhibit. Really? I remember riding in a boat through that enchanting and inspiring exhibit 41-years ago with Cathy on our honeymoon.... Crossroads Crossroads

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Message Series
The World Is Our Neighborhood

Sundays at 10am
@ Crossroads UMC or Livestream

There’s been a rumor going around that Disney will be doing away with the popular “It’s a Small World” exhibit. Really?

I remember riding in a boat through that enchanting and inspiring exhibit 41-years ago with Cathy on our honeymoon. Then, some years later we floated through the same winding canal with both of our kids, David and Amy. The song, “It’s a Small World After All” was blaring while the displays were dancing and we were having a great time laughing.

Once again, I was inspired by the music and the connection that Disney was able to create for our little family of four floating in a boat with billions of people all over the world in a most beautiful, heart-felt way. Is it really going away?

In the 18th Century John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, also saw the importance of a world that is made small by the connection of God’s love for all. He said that the world was his parish. In other words he saw our great big world more like a neighborhood than anything else. (Yes, it’s okay, think Mr. Rogers, if you have to). Regardless of class, nationality, religion, sex, or anything else, Wesley believed that we are one family loved and joined together by God.

Mother Teresa said, If we have no peace it’s because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Jesus said the greatest thing any of us can do is to love our neighbor, far and wide, as we love ourselves.

In light of this, this Sunday we start a new series called, The World is My Neighborhood. During this series we are going to share stories from Pittsburgh, DC, Guatemala, Uganda, and our own local neighborhood of how God unites us all as one. Indeed the world is as big as seven billion plus people and at the same time as small as you and me. God’s love for all people is not going away.

Oh, BTW, Disney’s, “It’s a Small World” isn't going away any time soon. In a survey Disney learned that 83% of us believe that, “'It’s a Small World' is an icon and should never go away”. Some things go out of date but not love for all people.

In case you forgot the words, here you go:

There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means
Friendship to ev'ryone
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide

It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small, small world

It's a world of laughter
A world of tears
It's a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There's so much that we share
That it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all

That’s the message of this series. This is the message that will never go away.

We apologize that due to the storm last night we have no Internet and we are unable to live stream at this time.