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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church: Your faith has saved you
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 “Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gift of faith, hope and charity;  and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen”

 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Kenedy had Reverend Robert Johnston as pastor and Neil Nichols as Lay Minister. John Greve served as the Lector.

The First Reading was Job 42: 1-6, 10-17.  Job repents and God restores his fortune twice folds.  The Lord blessed him in his latter days and his generations for years to come.

The Second Reading was Hebrews 7:23-28.  This explains the difference of Jesus being a high priest to any others who lived.  Christ was appointed by God as his Son and high priest.  Christ was made perfect and had no need to make sacrifices to God because he sacrificed his own body once for the sins of all.  He was not appointed by the law, but by God and was made perfect forever.

Reverend Johnston read the Gospel Mark 10:46-52.  Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho and were before a large crowd.  A blind man called out to Jesus and asked for mercy.  Finally, Jesus asked them to bring the man to him and asked what he could do for him.  The blind asked him to give him sight.  Jesus told him he was healed because of his faith and the man followed after him.

Reverend Johnston discussed how Jesus had healed many people because they had faith in him that he could do it.  This healing of the blind man was one of the last healing recorded before Jesus’ death.  Faith was the important element to healing. Faith is complete trust and is open to all.  It is not automatic but must be developed.  It is the core and cornerstone of our Christian belief.  Faith, love, and charity divinely given are the fundamentals of our Christianity.  In John, he speaks of belief whereas Mark uses the word faith.  It is impossible to please God without faith.  We must totally trust God and pray to do his will.

Today we are God’s disciples and we must have faith and be confident that he will answer our prayers.  Everything is possible with God.  Many times Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.”  He is our healer, and healing is a symbolic act of forgiveness of sin.   When we ask for healing we must believe that he can heal us if it is his will.  Christ was crucified on the cross for our sins.  We depend on him and commit to him as our Lord, Master and Teacher.

Reverend Johnston said a special healing prayer for our other pastor, Reverend Lloyd Johnson, who is fighting a serious disease.  The whole church has Reverend Johnson in their prayers daily.

Next Sunday is All Saints Day and we will have Reverend James Abernathy as our pastor.  We welcome all to come and worship with us. Partners In Ministry: www.pimeast.org
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