Good afternoon from the Rector’s Study at St. John’s Chuckatuck. We have had a good couple weeks at worship as we begin to reflect on what the future holds for us. It was bright and sunny this morning and, for reasons only known to Southern Virginia, it has returned to early-Fall conditions. But, we won’t complain because things will change. We invite you to have a wonderful week ahead with Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. Likewise, please join us for worship next Sunday as we celebrate All Saints’ in church.

As we worshipped today we were reminded that God’s gifts to us are faith, hope, and charity. We realize these gifts when we share them with others in relationships built on the promises given by God through Jesus. Our lesson from Hebrew Scripture today was the closing of Deuteronomy when Moses is shown all of Israel by God and Moses’ responsibility as leader of Israel is transferred to Joshua. We see the orderly transition of leadership when the time came. The Psalmist sang a song reminding us that this present moment is ours to live while God’s sense of time is fluid and outside our comprehension. In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians tells us that our motive needs to be love – a life of relationship not specifically affection. Paul’s ministry is solely to bring glory to God not to himself.

Our sermon was based on the gospel reading from Matthew. In this, we hear the Pharisees try to trip Jesus up again with the question “what is the greatest commandment?” Jesus reminded them that our job is to love God and our neighbor. The greatest gift we have received is the relationship we have with God and that we freely share with others. Jesus makes a difference in all we do and is the greatest thing we have to share with others.

How are you challenged to use our greatest gift, today and forever? I invite your comments,

Readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

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