St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church: Christ gave his life for our souls to be saved
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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church celebrated the Last Sunday of Pentecost, which is also called Christ the King Sunday. Reverend Dr. Robert Johnston was the pastor for the service and Neil Nichols was the Lay Minister. Jose Ramirez and John Greve were the Readers. During the Offertory Kathleen Nichols and Jose Ramirez provided special music. Kathleen sang, “Bless this House” while Jose accompanied her with his guitar. Pat Hemby received a special birthday blessing.

The Readings for this Sunday were Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; and the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46.

In Ezekiel the Lord is telling the people that he will be their shepherd and they will be given a land of good grazing and be well cared for. He will be the judge of the sheep and know who will be saved and who will not. Those who do not follow him will be set aside from the rest.

In Ephesians Paul reminds them that they should have hope, for they are called by God to serve him. God gave Christ the power and authority and dominion over all and man should heed his words and follow his ways.

Reverend Johnston read the Gospel of Matthew where again we are told that Christ is our shepherd and it is He who will separate the sheep form the goats. Christ tells them that when they help the hungry, thirsty, sick, naked, and imprisoned, they are serving him as though they were doing in unto him. Those who will not help others in need will be punished.

Christ the King Sunday is the beginning of a new year of liturgy for the church. It is the end of Pentecost and the beginning of Advent. It embraces the authority and power of Christ. Always being celebrated in November, the church begins to use Rite I in the Prayer Book and the church is adorned in purple.

Christ is described as the living bread that came down form heaven to save all who are lost. He taught his followers about the bread and the wine used in the Eucharist as a means of eating his flesh and drinking his blood to become one with him. It was a sacramental event to show Christ as giving his life for our souls to be saved. We follow this with faith and spiritual love for his gift to us. He is the real bread, which gives us eternal life. It is the greatest gift to receive.

This Saturday the members will meet at the church to decorate it for Advent and the Christmas season. Next Sunday we will have Reverend Gina Frnka as pastor.
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