St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Kenedy had Reverend Gary Gooch as pastor and Neil Nichols as Lay Minister. John Greve served as the Lector
The First Reading was 1 Kings 17: 8-16. This is the story of a widow that God had commanded to help Elijah. God sent Elijah to Sidon and told him that a widow there would provide food and water for him. When Elijah arrived at the town gate he saw the woman gathering firewood and asked for water and bread. The widow told him that she had only enough flour for one meal for her and her son. Then she would not have anything left to eat and they would starve. Elijah told her not to worry, but to do as she was asked. The Lord would not allow her water, oil, or flour to be used up until the famine was over. The woman did as she was told and truly her supply of oil and flour was plentiful and would last for a long time.
The Second Reading was Hebrews 9:24-28. Paul tells how Christ is now in the presence of God and appears on our behalf. He appeared once as a sacrifice for our sins and needs not to die again. “Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”
Reverend Gooch read the Gospel of Mark 12:38-44. Jesus was sitting by the treasury and watching what the people were contributing as an offering. Though the wealthy gave large sums, he was most impressed by a widow who put in 2 coins. It was all she had to live on. He called to his disciples and told them of the great sacrifice this widow had made and how precious it was to him, more so than the large sums of the rich. “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those contributing to the treasury…..out of her poverty she has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Reverend Gooch talked about the stories of the two widows who were examples of faithfulness. When Elijah asked the widow for bread and she conveyed her concern, he told her “not to worry.” He told her to feed him first, and then God would take care of her. That took a lot of faith when it was all she had. However, God had spoken to her also and told her to do this and she responded to him. She did what God told her to do in face of hardship, which was not easy. She did receive the blessing that God had promised her. She gave generously, though she had very little. Would we have that kind of faith, do what God wants regardless of fear and hardship?
The other story was of a widow giving to the work of God all she had left. Jesus was interested in what people did with their money and how they used it. Did they love it more than they cared about God’s work? It excited him to see that the widow was willing to give up all she had to her name( much more than the large sums of the rich.) They did not have to sacrifice like the widow did. Her gift was very meaningful to her. Jesus told his disciples how important this was and to appreciate a gift of love. We do not know the rest of the story, what happened to her. We do believe, however, that she must have received God’s blessing.
If you are faced with a tough situation like this, how would you respond? Is your faith in God strong enough to do what is right and know that God will take care of you? In tough situations it takes faithful actions. It is between God and you.
Next Sunday’s service will be at 9 a.m. and fellowship will follow. The pastor will be Reverend Gina Frnka and we welcome all to come.