Worship, even with the safety requirements, was well attended and the Parish Hall, while not optimal or as intimate as the sanctuary was a fine place to gather for the first time since March. Everyone sitting in their own area and adding their voice to our prayers was a nice change from the past weeks. We pray that everyone had an opportunity to worship this morning, whether in person or remotely.

Our lessons today helped focus us on the bidding in the collect: to know and understand the things we ought to do, and to have the grace and power to faithfully accomplish them… Our prayer is that the life we live of faith in the power of Christ will keep us searching for God’s grace to be shared with others. In our lesson from Genesis, we heard the story of the birth of Esau and Jacob along with the stealing of Esau’s birthright. Ironically, Jacob inherited not only the birthright (the double share) but he also inherited the responsibility to provide for Israel’s future. Our gospel reading from Matthew was the parable of the Sower and how we can be productive if our faith in God’s promise is deeply rooted. Today’s sermon focused on Paul’s letter to the Romans and his command to choose life, remembering that life is only available in faith in Christ and the fact that Christ came to save us from ourselves and our sin. That is a focus for us today: to remember that by choosing Christ we have life and we also have responsibility to continue to choose Christ day after day.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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