The Collect: “O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”
The Response: Psalm 45: 11-18 was led by David Maitland: *(verse 18) “I will make your name to be remembered from one generation to another; therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever.”
The First Lesson, Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, was read by Joseph Avalos. This passage relates the story of how Abraham sent his servant to find his son Isaac a wife. God told the servant he would send a woman to the well where he sat. The woman would not only offer him water, but also enough to give to his camels. Rebekah came to the well and did as God had told the servant. They requested that she go with them to marry Isaac in another land. Her father gave his blessings and she accompanied them back to their land where she became Isaac’s wife.
The Second Lesson was Romans 7:15-25, read by Peggy Baker. Paul explains how weak the flesh is and even though you know right from wrong, you will sometimes sin anyway. It is because the devil gets inside you and you fail to resist him. That is why Jesus had to die for human sins and they are granted grace and delivered from death.
Reverend Frnka read the Gospel of Matthew 11:19, 25-30. In this Gospel lesson Jesus is speaking to his disciples and telling them that some people do not listen to what he is preaching and do not understand his words. It seemed that the common people understood him better than the wise and intelligent. They accepted what he had to say and believed him. However, the intelligent ones were sure of their own knowledge and questioned whatever Jesus had to say. Jesus told them that no one would come to know his Father except through him. They must first accept Jesus as the Son of God before they would know God. Jesus would reveal his himself as the Son to those he chose.
Reverend Frnka spoke regarding the verse, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and by burden is light.”
Previously, one learned that Jesus told his disciples that there would be consequences for following him. There would be struggles and hardships. When John was in prison facing death, he sent a message asking if Jesus was truly the One. This passage answered John’s question. Jesus found that the intelligent seemed not to understand, but the sinners listened and learned.
Jesus promised to make their burdens light if they would come to him, for He would give them salvation. The intelligent ones felt that it was following the law as they learned it as a way to be saved. It is a wonderful concept to know that Jesus would be willing to be yoked to one to help them bear their burdens. It is always easier to carry a load when someone helps you. Walking in the yoke with Jesus will also mean that you go in the right direction and let him have control. You will have his assurance, rather than facing things unknown by yourself.
Discipleship is costly, for one must be willing to amend their lives and walk with Jesus. But with God’s support and love, how much easier it is to carry burdens in their lives.
Next Sunday, July 13 we will have Reverend James Abernathy as pastor at the 9 a.m. service. All are invited to worship with the church. PIM website.