The Collect: Grant to us, O Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
The Response: Psalm 50: 1-8, 23-24 was led by David Maitland. *(verse 24) “Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God.”
The First Reading Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 was read by Peggy Baker. Isaiah tells of his vision of the Lord’s anger for the people who are not following his ways. The Lord tells them that he is weary of their insincere offerings and prayers. They must cease their evil doings and learn to do good and help the unfortunate. “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The Second Reading, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, was read by Pat Hemby. Paul continues preaching the importance of faith. He reminds the people of the faith of their ancestors, like Abraham and Sarah. They believed and had faith in the promises that God made to them. Sarah gave birth at an old age, and Abraham was told of the countless descendants he would have who would inherit the Promised Land. Abraham followed God’s instructions without knowing where he would go and what he would find there. They had the faith that God would provide for them and they continued to move forward. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Neil Nichols read the Gospel of Luke 12:32-40. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” The passage tells us that we should always be aware of the second coming of Christ. We should live each day as if it may be the last. Do not leave things undone, but be prepared for what may come. The story related is about the being ready for whenever the master may come. Always be alert and know that God is near. Keep your heart on the things God wants for you and not just be obsessed about possessions. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” “You must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
How do we prepare our lives for the kingdom of God? Read the scripture daily and ask God to help you understand its meaning. Attend church and worship with others and give and receive support from them. Learn to care for others and help the weak and sick. Thank God daily for the blessings has given you. Live with love in your heart and try to do God’s will.
St. Matthew’s is collecting school supplies to donate to the Kenedy students. We were reminded of the upcoming retreat for PIM at Mustang Island in September. Next Sunday we will have Revered Gary Gooch as pastor at the 9 a.m. worship service. Please come and join us in worshiping Our Lord.