The Collect: Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
The Response: Psalm 52 was led by David Maitland. *(verses 8-9) “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. I will give you thanks for what you have done and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.”
The First Reading Amos 8:1-12 was read by Arthur Clark. The Lord is again speaking to Amos and tells him how he condemns the Israelites for not following his words. They have mistreated the poor and needy and think only of their own wealth. The Lord warns that he will punish them for their sins with misfortunes and make them realize how they have strayed from God’s will.
The Second Reading, Colossians 1:15-28, was read Jose Ramirez. Paul continues his letter to the Colossians and reminds them that Christ is the image of the invisible God. All things were created through him and for him. Paul explains that it is through Jesus Christ that we are reconciled with God and we must remain steadfast and faithful in the gospel. Christ is the body of the Church and we are commissioned to do his work. His glory is a mystery and we are to teach everyone in all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Reverend Gooch read the Gospel of Luke 10:38-42. Jesus and his disciples traveled to the village where Mary and Martha lived and visited them. Martha complained to Jesus that Mary was sitting at his feet talking to him while she, Martha, was doing all the work preparing for the guests. Jesus told her that she was distracted by her many tasks while Mary was concerned in listening to what Jesus had to say and learning from him. “Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Christ is the head of the Church which teaches us how to be reconciled with God. Through Christ’s death we may appear blameless before God and accepted into his kingdom. We are to make the Word of God fully known and no longer have it be a mystery for anyone. Though the secret was hidden throughout the ages, it had now been revealed to his saints. The mystery (secret) is that Christ lives in you. Christ enters everyone’s heart who accepts him as his savior. When one believes, he becomes mature in Christ. He knows and understands Christ and lives with him daily.
This secret goes back to the Old Testament. In Genesis God pronounced a curse on man and woman and said that the seed born would bruise the head of the serpent. Christ would be sent to earth and overcome Satan. God spoke to Abraham and Sarah and told them that their seed would provide the nations of all the earth. Christ was born man on earth in order to die and be resurrected to save us from our sins. Thus we share in the glory of Christ and he can live in us. Individually and as a body of the Church, we belong to Christ. We come together in his name and he is among us. He is present today.
Does he know what we want? Yes, but without having him in our hearts we cannot receive what he wants to give us. We must have faith and willingness to obey him. We are his body now, his hands, feet, ears, and eyes. He accomplishes his word today through us. We must be “mature in Christ.” So the secret is known. Christ is in you. Live it out, have faith and he will provide the wisdom for you to do his work. It may be individually or it may be in the congregation of the Church. Every person has a gift provided by God to carry out his mission and teach the world that “Christ is in you.” He is alive and present today in all who believe.
Christ is in you. You will share in the glory of Christ.
Next Sunday we will have Reverend Robert Johnston as pastor at the 9 a.m. service. We invite you to join us for worship and fellowship.