The Collect: “Almighty and everlasting God, increase in everyone the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that all may obtain what you promise, make all love what you command; through Jesus Christ, Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”
The Response: Psalm 65: was led by Neil Nichols: * (verse 3) “Ones sins are stronger than one is, but you will blot them out.”
The First Lesson was Joel 2:23-32, read by John Greve. Joel is telling the people that God will repay them for all the sufferings they have endured. God will bless them with plenty in their harvests and they will never be put to shame again. Everyone will receive his blessings in a new life. He then tells them that on the great and terrible day that the Lord comes, those who call on his name and have been faithful and believe will be saved.
The Second Lesson was 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, read by John Greve. Paul tells the church, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” He will be ready to be judged by God. Paul knows that God gave him the strength and means to enable him to take the message of Christ to the Gentiles.
Neil Nichols read the Gospel of Luke 18:9-14. Jesus speaks another parable in his teaching to the disciples. This one concerns the manner of prayers of a Pharisee and a tax collector. The Pharisee boasts in his prayer about how good he is and how he tithes and fasts. The tax collector simply bows his head and says, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Jesus told them that the prayer of the tax collector would give him peace, “….for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
After the Readings some members expressed what the Readings meant to them and what message they received.
Prayers were lifted up for those who are ill, in the military or have special needs.
After the service a Bishop’s Committee meeting was held and many concerns were discussed and acted on. Everyone then enjoyed the refreshments and fellowship.
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. the ladies of the church will meet to begin a ministry of activities to serve the church and reach out to others with the message of God’s love. Next Sunday, Nov. 3, St. Matthew’s will have Reverend Virginia Frnka as pastor at the 9 a.m. service. All are welcome all to attend and worship. PIM website.