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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church: Finding your identity
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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church had Reverend Gina Frnka for its pastor for the First Sunday in Lent. Neil Nichols served as Lay Minister and John Greve served as Lay Reader.

The First Reading for this Sunday was Genesis 9:8-17. In this passage God speaks with Noah and promises him that the earth would never again be destroyed by water. As a covenant to show him, God said he had set his bow in the clouds and said it would be sign of the covenant for all generations.

The second reading was 1 Peter 3:18-22. Peter tells the people that, like Jesus, we should be baptized and commit our lives to the service of God.

Reverend Frnka read the Gospel of Mark 1: 9-15. Mark tells of the baptism of Jesus and how Jesus then went into the wilderness for forty days. Jesus suffered temptations by Satan, but did not succumb to them and was ministered to by the angels. Jesus then began his ministry of healing, teaching, and preaching.

Reverend Frnka spoke about how the Spirit had driven Jesus into the wilderness where he was tested and put through trials. This was when Jesus began to find his identity as God’s Son. He actually experienced these temptations and realized that he would be dealing with them the rest of his life time. Finding his identity and his journey is something we can follow in our lives. There were other instances that made up his identity, such as his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus faced all kinds of people and troubles. He had to wrestle with struggles from the beginning of his ministry to the end.

Once you reach one defining point in life, you ask yourself, “What now? What do I do with this?” One must pray and get close to God, as Jesus did. We are constantly identifying and developing. It is a life cycle.

Next Sunday morning service will be at 9 a.m. with Reverend Gary Gooch as pastor. We welcome everyone.
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