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January 25, 2017, 6:46 AM

A word at mid-week 1/25

Welcome to mid-week and T - 4 days until the 100th Annual Meeting at St. Matthews! 

REMEMBER: 1 SERVICE at 9:30AM followed immediately by the Annual Meeting

We will provide coffee and a few light refreshments such as coffee cakes, donuts, fruit, and juice. Come, worship together, enjoy some goodies, fellowship, and attend the 100th Annual Meeting!

This past Sunday, the Gospel summoned us to re-imagine where and how God is calling or leading us in life. Often, we equate our occupation (job or profession) with vocation (feeling of being called or led in a certain direction or toward a certain thing). When we hear the call of the first disciples, we realize that Jesus wasn't calling them into some kind of work or job, but rather into a special relationship with himself, with each other, and with all the people they will encounter in their lives. Jesus issues that same call to us and to be in those relationships the way Jesus was and is in relationship with us, by bearing each other's burdens, caring for each other and for the vulnerable, holding onto each other through thick and thin, always with the hope and promise of God's abundant grace.

Jesus called ordinary people right in the middle of their ordinary lives to be in relationship with the ordinary people all around them and through that, did extraordinary things ... and he still does!

Br. Mark Brown of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist reminds us: 

"We can embody the love of God, but we do this as frail human beings made in the image of God. And, as God is sovereign, so we are created with a kind of personal sovereignty of our own that even God does not violate."

Indeed, I believe it is because of this personal sovereignty with which each of us ordinary human being are endowed, that enables God to do extraordinary things with and through us. Please see my sermon, below.

As an added treat this week, we have also included Fr. Steve's sermon from the previous Sunday!

Tomorrow evening, St. Matthew's will host the closing liturgy for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at 7:00pm. There is more information below. We hope to see all of you there!

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank

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