St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church: Show your neighbor love and mercy
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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Kenedy had Reverend James Abernathy as pastor this Sunday. Neil Nichols served as the Lay Minister and the readers were Arthur Clark, John Greve, and Neil Nichols.

The Collect: O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and may also have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

The Response: Psalm 82 was led by Neil Nichols. *(verses 3-4) “Save the weak and the orphan; defend the humble and needy; Rescue the weak and the poor; deliver them from the power of the wicked.”

The First Reading Amos 7: 7-17 was read by Arthur Clark. The Lord had called Amos, a herdsman, to prophesize to the people that they would face perils and destruction for not following the ways of God. Though Amos did not consider himself a prophet, he did as the Lord told him to.

The Second Reading, Colossians 1:1-14, was read by John Greve. Paul writes to the people and commends them for their faith in Christ. Paul prays for them to receive spiritual wisdom and understanding from God so they will not stray from God’s word. He also asks God to help them prepare to endure everything with patience.

Reverend Abernathy read the gospel of Luke 10:25-37. This includes the parable of the Good Samaritan. A lawyer asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answered him saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Then the lawyer wanted to know exactly who was his neighbor. That is when Jesus told him the parable of the Good Samaritan, and then asked the lawyer which of the three men was a good neighbor of the man who had been robbed and beaten. He answered Jesus, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Father Abernathy stated that all of the scriptures read today have a lot of fodder for a sermon. God had chosen Amos, a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees, to deliver his message to the places of Isaac and the kings ruling the lands. Though he was afraid, he did as the Lord had told him to and God gave him the power to complete the mission.

In Paul’s epistle he encourages the Colossians to continue in their faith and God would give them the spiritual understanding and wisdom they needed. God had rescued them from the darkness and given them the kingdom of his Son, in whom they had redemption and forgiveness of sins.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan three men saw a wounded man lying on the road. The first two, a priest and a Levite, passed him by and offered no help. When the Samaritan came by, he took pity on the man and stopped to take him up to an inn where he ministered to his wounds. Then he had to leave, but he made sure that the innkeeper would continue to help the man and paid him to do so. Many would say that this is “beyond the call of duty.” Would any of us do such a thing today?

Jesus is teaching the lawyer that we are all neighbors, regardless of whom we are or where we are. We are to show mercy to anyone in need of help. We are all children of God; therefore we are all neighbors or brothers and sisters. God created the whole world and it all belongs to him. We are all neighbors and have a kinship.

“Go and do likewise.” It is Christ commanding us to show mercy to all. God showed love and mercy to us when he gave his only Son to save us from our sins. What an abundance of love and mercy that is!

Next Sunday we will have Reverend Gary Gooch as pastor at the 9 a.m. service. We invite you to join us for worship and fellowship. PIM website.

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