JUNE 28, 2020
TIME AFTER PENTECOST
service by Bonita Dickinson
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen!
READINGS AND PSALM
Our readings today stress that we must be honest with God and that we are to be faithful and spread the true words of God. We are to help others no matter who they are.
In Psalm 89, King David tells how God’s people sing out about the Joy of God’s Love and faithfulness in watching out for His people. They rejoice daily in all things created by God. We also should keep that joy in our hearts as we continue to praise God, ask for guidance and thank Him for all good things around us. Keeping touch with God and Jesus should happen every day.
In Romans: Chapter 6, verse 13, Paul calls attention to “No longer using your members to sin as instruments of wickedness but to use them as instruments of God’s righteousness.” The word ‘Members’ is an old name for hands, ears, mouth and all the parts of our body. Do we use those ‘Members” to the Glory of God or do we use them to our own wants and needs? Are our Hands used for Good or for Evil? We must learn to control our body to the way that God and Jesus wants us to live. Verse 6:23, Paul reminds us that the “gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That is why we labor in faith for God’s love. The reward we get is indeed more than wages, we cannot measure it with earthly standards but God’s caring love is far more than anything we possess on Earth. It can only be called the gift of grace — we are given what we do not deserve and that gift is eternal life. We as Christians must ask ourselves, “Who do I serve and who has a hand in all that I do.” Hopefully we can answer that “God does!!”
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Alleluia. Jesus says, The Spirit of the Lord will testify on my behalf, and you also are to testify. Alleluia.
GOSPEL: Matthew 10: Looking at Matthew’s Gospel: Chapter 10, Jesus sends his disciples to participate in his mission of proclaiming, in word and deeds, the good news the Jesus has been teaching. The disciples must go to God’s people of Israel and proclaim the good news, vs. 39; The kingdom of heaven has come near. They are to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons" In another words, do as Jesus has been doing.(10:5-8), They are sent out to continue the work of Jesus here on earth.
Do you remember before Easter when we counted all the crosses that we could find in the Sanctuary? If I remember right we found almost 70 of them! Today’s lessons encourage us to go out and help others and tell them about the message from Jesus Christ. Do you help your family get things done? Maybe
picking up toys or doing dishes or cleaning our rooms? What part of your body do you use most when helping around the house? …
You are right! It is our Hands. Using our hands to help others is also a symbol of our relationship with Jesus.
I want each of you to go stand by a window that has hands, (I then ask each youth what the hands are doing in the picture. Examples: Hands that are being washed as Christ did before giving communion, Hands that are lovingly holding children, Hands that are knocking at the door, Hands that are nailed to the cross, Hands that are preforming a baptism, Hands that freed from the Cross , and Hands
that gently watch over sheep.)
We can also use our hands to reach out to others and invite them to church to learn more about being a Christian. Let us get back together at the steps of the Church and join hands. Please pray with me.
“Father, we pray that we may live as a Christian and use our hands to serve those around us. Amen.”
Gods’ blessings on you all, today and all days!
Matthew, in his writings, assumed that the church is a “church, a missionary church (Matthew 28:18-20). There is simply no other way to be the church! This understanding is being carried out in our own days. There is growing awareness that mission is not just a program of the church; it is (or ought to be) the defining purpose of everything the church does. We are a missionary church. We reach out to our town, state, country and the world to care for God’s children. Look around the sanctuary today and you will find lessons of what we are to do as Christians. But not all are sent as the Disciples were, to be wandering missionaries, depending on others for shelter and sustenance, but that doesn’t mean we are off the hook. The entire baptized are sent into the world to tell and embody the good news of Jesus Christ. All are sent to bring Christ to others with humility and vulnerability, being willing to risk rejection. Following the path of Jesus is hard work but we have been promised a reward for our trials.
Mathew’s message today includes the word ‘reward’ several times. The word “reward” (misthos in the Greek) carries connotations of something earned, but this word is not used in the parable of judgment. Here Jesus says to the righteous, “Come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you…” An inheritance is pure gift. Those who welcome and care for the needs of “little ones” welcome and care for Jesus himself. To receive Jesus is to receive the one who sent him, and to become heirs to all that the Father has to give. Matthew, of course, is not only recalling Jesus vs 39; instructions to his first disciples; he is also speaking to all the communities of disciples that come generations later. here is still need to send out laborers into the harvest, to send missionaries out beyond the community into a perilous world. And those sent will still need to depend on the hospitality of others. Jesus says of those who enact such hospitality, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the
one who sent me”
As we go forth out into the world after our visit with God this morning, let us
remember these words to do God’s will. AMEN
And All of God’s People Say…Amen.
GRACE: Neva Schmid
GLORIA DEI: Ernie Kahrs, Ron Michelman, Pat Rufenacht, Charlie Frerichs, Barb Namuth, Deann Larson, Joan Holly, Roger Mashek, Richard Bruns
BLESSING: And may the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and + give you peace. Amen.