St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Kenedy had Reverend James Abernathy as pastor and Neil Nichols as Lay Minister. John Greve served as the Lector. Thursday was All Saints Day and the readings are according to that celebration.
The First Reading was Wisdom 2:1-9. This is from the Wisdom of Solomon found in the Apochrypha. This is considered the unsound reasoning and sayings of those who do not have faith. It shows how they are without any hope of a life after death and only live for each day for what it brings.
The Second Reading was Revelation 21:1-6. John tells of his vision of the new heaven and earth of the Second Coming of Christ. It relates how sorrow and death will be no more and everything will be made new again. He was told, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”
Reverend James Abernathy read the Gospel according to John 11:32-44. This is the story of how Mary had asked Jesus to come and save her brother Lazarus from death. Jesus was delayed and when he arrived Lazarus had been dead for four days. Everyone was weeping, and Jesus wept also. Then he said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Jesus asked God to show the people that he was truly sent by him. He commanded that the stone be rolled away and called Lazarus from the grave. Lazarus came forth and all rejoiced and were awed by God’s work.
This is the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost and Reverend Abernathy wanted to base his sermon on the reading Ruth 1:1-18. This tells the story of how Ruth was bonded to her mother-in-law Naomi and insisted that she follow her wherever she went so she could be with her. Naomi and her husband and two sons had left Bethlehem during a famine and went to Moab to try to find a better life. Naomi’s husband died and the two sons had married Moabite women, Ruth and Orpha. After ten years the sons also died. Naomi felt like a stranger in a strange land and decided to return to Bethlehem and told her daughters-in-law to go to their people in Moab. Ruth felt so close to Naomi and would not leave her. This is like an ordinary family with ordinary problems like you and me. It was a complicated situation in a time of very little law and order. However, Ruth clung to Naomi and told her, “Where you go, I will go.” Their bond was very close and Ruth did not consider becoming independent and caring just for herself. She felt love and responsibility for Naomi. They ventured forth together to face their future in Bethlehem. Eventually Ruth married Boaz, who was the father of Obed, who was the father of Jesse, who was the father of David.
God can do great things through those who are faithful to him. He uses ordinary people to bless the world and show his endless love.
This Wednesday, Nov. 7, there will be a light supper at 6 p.m. followed by a Bible Study. We will miss having Reverend Lloyd Johnson to lead us since he is still ill. Next Sunday we will have Reverend Gary Gooch as pastor and all are welcome to join us in worship and fellowship. Partners In Ministry: www.pimeast.org.