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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church: Greatness is to serve, not to be served
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This Sunday Reverend Richard McLeon was not able to be with us due to family obligations. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Kenedy had Neil Nichols as Lay Minister to lead the congregation in a Morning Prayer service. John Greve and Jose Ramirez served as the Lectors for the Lessons.

The First Reading was Job 38:1-7. Job hears the voice of God speaking to him out of a whirlwind and answering his questions. God explains to Job that his creation of the world and wisdom are beyond human understanding. God does not humiliate Job, but lets him know that He is faithful and steadfast with his promises.

The Second Reading was Hebrews 5:1-10. In the old law high priests were put in charge of all things pertaining to God. However, Christ did not glorify himself as a high priest, but God appointed him as his Son, begotten by him. Jesus’ prayers were heard by God because of his reverent submission. Even so Jesus learned obedience through suffering and became perfect. He was designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Neil Nichols read the Gospel of Mark 10:14-45. James and John went to Jesus to ask a favor of him. They wanted to be appointed to sit on the right and left side of Christ in heaven. Jesus then spoke to all of the disciples and explained to them that to serve others is what would give them greatness in God’s sight. He reminded them, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Perhaps this is a lesson in humility.

After the Morning Prayer service everyone enjoyed fellowship and refreshments in the parish hall. We were so pleased to have Sally Mullock from Wilmslow, England as a visitor. Sally is a member of the Diocese of Chester in England. She coordinates with Jeanne Shepherd here in doing our PIM and church web sites. It was a very pleasant visit and we enjoyed her remarks and experiences.

We also had a special blessing for Salome and Jose Ramirez’ wedding anniversary. It was also Salome’s birthday. Everyone is concerned about Father Lloyd Johnson who is receiving treatments in the hospital in San Antonio. Several members have visited him and gave an update on his condition. We truly miss him and his wife Janie.
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