The Collect: “Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, forever and forever. Amen.”
The Response: Psalm 8 was led by Joseph Avalos: *(verse 4) “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses.”
The First Lesson was Genesis 1:1---2:4, was read by David Maitland. This is the story of God’s creation of the world. It tells how he created light, earth, sky, seas, trees, vegetation, animals, fowls, and man. He saw that all was good and he gave man and woman dominion over all and provided plants for food. God rested on the seventh day and made that day hallow.
The Second Lesson was 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, read by Lee LaJeunesse. Paul tells them to put things in order and live in peace as Christ had taught them.
Reverend Gooch read the Gospel of Matthew 28:16-20. These verses tell of when the eleven disciples went to Galilee and there saw Jesus. They worshiped him but some had doubt. That is when Jesus revealed to them that He has all authority in heaven and earth. Jesus then told them, “ Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”
To some, the Holy Trinity is still a mysterious concept. Each member, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit is one as God, but also are treated as separate entities. They were all three present at the beginning of creation as God created, the Holy Spirit flowed over it, and the Son was the Word.
Though the Gospel reading was brief, it was powerful. Reverend Gooch relates how Christ is telling his disciples that they should go into all of the world and make more disciples. Not only should they make disciples, but be sure they understand his commandments and keep them. First one is to make themselves disciples and live their lives with God. Only then can one make disciples of others. One must live their lives so others are able to see Christ in them. A disciple is one who follows the teachings of another who is his leader.
When did you last do something just because God said for you to? What sort of discipline do you have to have to follow Christ’s teachings? One needs to begin with themselves and then lead others. Make a friend, be a friend, and introduce that friend to Christ.
Next Sunday at 9 a.m., St. Matthew’s will have Reverend Kern Huff as pastor. Wednesday evening Bible Study was completed but will start again in August with a new study. Sunday, June 29 will be a Fifth Sunday celebrated at Ascension Episcopal Church in Refugio at 11 a.m. After the service PIM will host a Family Fun Day. The church invites anyone interested to attend all of the services.