Greetings from Chuckatuck on the Feast Day of St. Francis. Sadly, with all the perturbations of Coronatide we couldn’t have a blessing of the animals as part of worship. Although, most of our well-behaved animal friends are no longer with us so maybe that’s not a bad thing. This past week we observed the (hopefully) last fits of summer with temperatures around 80 because overnight has been in the lower 50s – perfect fall weather. We continue to be blessed with health and vitality, even as we are physically isolated; understanding the need while mourning the distance. Sometime, hopefully soon, we’ll have more people able to worship in person.
Worship today helped us recall, by way of our collect, that God is abundant in mercy and forgiving of our fear which, through our faith in the saving grace afforded by Christ, we receive grace and salvation. Our fulfilled life comes from our covenanted relationship with God – a covenant which is not requirement/punishment, but is descriptive of a good and faithful relationship with God and God’s creation. Paul’s letter to the Philippians reminds us that no matter what we believe “earns” our salvation (pedigree doesn’t matter in God’s kingdom) God’s grace as mediated in Christ is what saves us. The gospel reading from Matthew reminds us that salvation is not exclusive – just because we were “chosen” in our past doesn’t mean we can stop working – God can call many others to join the kingdom of heaven. Today’s sermon was focused on the reading from Exodus – “the 10 Commandments”. This passage shines a light on the expansive nature of God’s grace and our response to God’s loving kindness. God is a God of relationship not of law – and the signs of that relationship are found by the way we live.
How is God calling you to renew the way you live to bring God’s glory to you and the world?
I invite your comments and likes,
Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/7dpyMJJLV4Y