The Collect: Let your continued mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
The Response: Psalm 107 was led by David Maitland. *(verse 1) “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his mercy endures forever.”
The First Reading Hosea 11:1-11 was read by Arthur Clark. This passage tells of God’s disappointment and agony over the sins and turning away of his people. They worshiped idols and followed sinful ways. Though God was extremely sorrowful, he said he would not execute his fierce anger and destroy them. God hoped that they would eventually repent and return to him and their homes.
The Second Reading, Colossians 3:1-11, was read by Jose Ramirez. Paul continues with his advice for them and tells them to keep their minds and hearts on heavenly things, rather than earthly things. He reminds them of the sins to avoid in order to maintain a good relationship with God and their fellow man. A man becomes a new self when he becomes a believer and is renewed in knowledge. They are reminded that everyone is loved and accepted by God, and so we should also act likewise.
Reverend Frnka read the gospel of Luke 12:13-21. Two brothers were arguing about the inheritance of land and asked Jesus to tell them what to do. Jesus did not want to be the judge but he told them a parable about the wealthy man who hoarded all his great fortune rather than sharing it with others. The wealthy man wanted to store enough to last him his life and just relax and eat, drink and be merry. God called him a fool, for what good was it all if he died the next day. “And the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Reverend Frnka explained that a fool is a silly and inane person, but in this case he was one who denies God. The biggest fool of all. The wealthy farmer in the parable did not include God in his life plans and did not want to share his abundance with which God had blessed him. No one knows when his time is up and your life can be taken at any time. Instead of hoarding possessions, one should learn to thank God for them, and when he has abundance, he should share with those who are in need. God gives us our gifts, whatever they may be, and we need to remember to be thankful. Hoarding possessions can cause anxiety and worry about keeping them safe. They are always in fear of losing their wealth.
Focusing on possessions and wealth can distract us from the joy of living a full life. Learn to appreciate your blessings in your daily life, and when there is abundance, share with those in need.
After the Prayers of the People a short memorial service was held in honor of Rosa Fuentes, sister of Salome Ramirez, and Barbara Woods, sister of Shirley Oleson. We want to remember the lives and good times of our siblings and those we love, and receive comfort and support from God during our times of sorrow.
After the memorial service, Reverend Frnka had a healing service and anointed the healing oil to those who were in need.
An announcement was made that we would be collecting school supplies to donate to the Kenedy students. We were also reminded of the upcoming retreat for PIM at Mustang Island in September. Next Sunday we will have a Morning Prayer Service at 9 a.m. led by Neil Nichols. Please come and join us in worshiping our Lord.