Fred Rogers began his show in Canada in 1962 with the abiding conviction that children deserved more from television. He was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, even though he never identified himself as such. Instead of a collar, he wore a sweater. And as he created original content for kids, he said of his work, "I consider the space between the television screen and the person that happens to be seeing it [...] very holy ground."
He tackled difficult topics like war, segregation, divorce and death, because he believed that the feelings of children are every bit as powerful as adult feelings. Love was at the root of his work, and he saw the act of teaching love for one's neighbor and love for oneself as the most deeply spiritual thing he could be doing. Even as the world changed, Fred Rogers' mission did not. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood made its debut in the U.S. in 1968 and was on the air for 33 years, spanning five decades.
I want to invite you to join us for worship throughout the month of August as we share our sermon series, "Life in God's Neighborhood: Faith Lessons from Mr. Rogers." If you are comfortable joining us in person I hope you'll take the opportunity to do so! Because copyright restrictions prevent us from streaming any television footage over the internet, we will be sharing clips just before the start of worship at 10:00 am.