We began worship with the reminder and prayer in the collect which urges us to remember God’s grace is what fuels us to proclaim God’s truth with boldness and minister God’s justice with compassion. We are reminded that we have actions that we are equipped to do through our relationship with God. Our Hebrew Scripture was from Genesis and was the story of Abraham (and Sarah) meeting the “three men” at Mamre. In this passage we hear that Sarah will give birth (and does) to Isaac, even though she is old. The response from the Psalm tells us that we are God’s servants and because we are precious in God’s sight we have a vow to fulfill. The New Testament reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans assures us that we are justified by faith and that Jesus is the model of our life of action.

Today’s sermon was based on the gospel reading from Matthew where Jesus calls and commissions the Apostles and disciples to proclaim the good news – that the kingdom of heaven is near. The call is issued to the regular folks who find themselves in Jesus’ presence and faithfully follow his call. We have the same call today, as regular people we are compelled to tell the story of the kingdom of God which is here in the presence.

I invite your comments,

Manuscript: https://bit.ly/468UgKE

Readings: Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:23

Listen at: https://audiomack.com/fatherles-1/song/pentecost-3-sermon