We All Fall Short of God’s Glory

The beginning of every service of Holy Communion is designed to convince you that you are, in fact, a sinner… and a sinner in dire need of God’s forgiveness. Most Sundays we hear Jesus’ summary of the Law. Once a month we rehearse the Ten Commandments. Regardless, the point is the same – God has moral standards, we have not lived up to them and we are all here in church today to deal with this fact.

In today’s Gospel lesson, a man wants to know is the bare minimum required to stay on God’s good side. In short, the man is looking for Jesus to tell him how he can coast into heaven with as little effort as possible.

What did Jesus tell this “justified” man? Click here.

Share the News of God’s Mercy

This morning’s collect begins, Almighty and everlasting God, who is always more ready to listen than we are to pray, and is always willing to give us more than we desire or deserve.

Jesus spends a lot of time performing physical healings on people. It is clear, especially in the Gospel of St. Mark, that his ability to heal and to cast out demons was the main way he attracted people.  They would come to him because they had heard of His miracles and to some extent wanted to see a show, a spectacle, and maybe even a stoning.  Regardless, the crowds would come for the show, and that would make them more receptive to His preaching and teaching.

Miracles, teaching and prophesies reinforce each another. Prophesies tell us what’s going to happen. Miracles attract people who then hear the teaching which explains the miracles, which in turn makes them more receptive to the possibility of miracles.

The church follows the same outline Jesus did. The Church offers preaching and teaching, and miracles come through the sacraments and in God’s answers to our prayers. Sadly, we see the major sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion performed so often that we forget that they are, in fact, miracles. It is extraordinary that someone dies and rises again when he is baptized – and that bread and wine become the body of and blood of Christ. To hear the rest of this sermon, please click here.

Wear Your Seat Belt!

by Council Nedd II

I just returned home from running errands in a nearby town.  Traffic was slow because of the remnants on a car accident.  I glanced over to see what had happened and it was clear that the passenger in the car was not wearing his seatbelt and went partially through the windshield.

seat-beltThree years ago this month my seatbelt saved my life when, while avoiding two deer frolicking in the street around a blind curve, I swerved and flipped over my very cool convertible…

…I’m happy to talk about that car another time… Moving on.

I posted the above picture on my facebook page and my Emirati friends we amazed when I told them that I walked away from that accident.  Befuddled, they were surprised and asked how.  I simply told them that I was wearing my seat belt.

So many lives can be saved, and so many injuries prevented by just wearing your seat belt.  Have a safe weekend.