The Collect: “Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of this redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”
The Response: Psalm133 was led by David Maitland: *(verse 1) “Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren live together in unity.”
The First Lesson, Genesis 45:1-15, was read by Arthur Clark. After Joseph’s brothers sold him to be a slave in Egypt, Joseph found favor with the king and became successful and important. The brothers came for help because of the drought and found Joseph in charge. Joseph forgave his brothers and the family was reunited.
The Second Lesson was Romans 11:1-2, 29-32, read by Jose Ramirez. Paul reassured the people that God would not reject them if they believed that Christ forgave their sins. “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.”
Reverend Frnka read the Gospel of Matthew 15:21-28. This tells of the Canaanite woman who asked Jesus to heal her daughter. At first she was refused because Jesus was helping the lost of the Israelites. When she persisted that he help her, Jesus healed her daughter for he was impressed with her great faith in him.
Reverend Franka’s sermon was focused on the fact that even if everyone had differences, all are still loved and are important to God. It is not just a chosen few, but everyone in the world who believes in Christ as his savior will be saved. Christ’s love has no favoritism.
The church is blessed to celebrate the baptism of Riley John Greve, son of Scott and Jessica Greve. The grandparents are John and Diane Greve. Riley was presented for baptism by his parents and his god-parents, Jodie Greve and Kat Bonner. During the service everyone renewed his baptism vows. After the service the celebration continued in the parish hall. Mary Kiesling received a special birthday blessing and recognition.
Next Sunday, Aug. 24, the church will have Reverend Kern Huff as pastor at the 9 a.m. service. Al are invited to worship with St. Matthew’s. PIM website.