The Collect: Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
The Response: Psalm 71:1-6 was led by David Maitland. *(verse 3) “Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; you are my crag and my stronghold.”
The First Reading Jeremiah 1:4-10 was read by Arthur Clark. God appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet and to go out and spread his message. Being inexperienced in speaking to others, Jeremiah told God he was afraid to prophesize. God told him not to be afraid for He would put the words in his mouth and be with him to deliver them. God then appointed Jeremiah over nations and gave him the power to build and plant.
The Second Reading, Hebrews 12:18-29, was read by John Greve. Paul explains to the Hebrews that they will not experience the same relationship with God as their ancestors did in the past. They now have Jesus as the mediator of a new covenant and their sins are forgiven by the shedding of his blood for them. Followers of Christ now have a kingdom promised by God that cannot be shaken or destroyed. Christians should worship God with reverence and awe.
Reverend Johnston read the Gospel of Luke 13:10-17. This passage relates the time that Jesus was teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath and saw a crippled woman. In his compassion for her, he touched her and made her well. The leader of the synagogue criticized Jesus for healing on the Sabbath for it was to be a day of rest. Jesus called them hypocrites and said that they cared for their animals on the Sabbath. Was it not more important to heal a woman who was crippled by Satan? Doing good for others was acceptable in God’s sight.
Reverend Johnston related some stories about his trip to the Holy Lands that he and his wife made two years ago. Just as we find things different today, the new covenant we have with God is different than that of the days before Christ. Christ has opened new doors and given us forgiveness for our sins when we repent. We can live with him in love, and share the love with all those we meet. Give Christ a new home in your heart, and like Jeremiah, go out and build and grow his love in others.
St. Matthew’s is beginning a new Bible study on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. We will be studying Revelations and the Apocalypse with Reverend Gary Gooch as leader. Books are available for the study. Bible Study will be held each second and fourth Wednesday of the month. A light meal is provided at 6 p.m. and study will begin at 6:30 p.m. We welcome all who wish to join us in this interesting study. Videos will accompany the work in the books.
Next Sunday, Sept. 1, we will have Reverend Gina Frnka as pastor at the 9 a.m. worship service. Please come and join us in worshiping our Lord.