Blessings and greetings to you from Chuckatuck as fall starts to set in at St. John’s. The first signs of fall include the chestnuts starting to fall from our chestnut tree, even though the neighbor’s tree (45 feet away) started last week. The squirrels are starting to wrestle in the attic more frequently but that’s what happens in a country church. With October just around the corner and some changes afoot, both for me (surgery) and in the Diocese (with respect to Communion) the next month should hold some chances to revision our worship yet again.
In worship today we were reminded about God’s greatest power is showing mercy and grace. Yet, in our willfulness, we often don’t see God’s grace until our eyes are opened by some “sign” – often referred to as a sacrament. God’s grace is the good news we are called to share. In our reading from the gospel of Matthew we are reminded that we need to be clear about our belief, not answering (even if we end up being mistaken) isn’t an answer in God’s kingdom. We also were reminded that what we do is more important than what we say we’ll do. Paul’s letter to the Philippians serves as a reminder that Christ provides an example for us as we live out our faith – being outwardly focused (but not to our detriment) and aware of our place in God’s kingdom. Today’s sermon focused on our reading from Exodus and the interaction between the willful Israelites traveling in the desert and God. Even though the Israelites acted in what they perceived was their best interest (and stumbled) God was ultimately in control. God took their (and our) plight and turned it into a sign of blessing – a sacrament which reminds us of God’s grace.
Where do we miss seeing God in our day-to-day life?
I invite your comments,
Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/RCO7UrW7w6s