The Collect: “Grant to us, Lord, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”
The Response: Psalm105: 1-6, 16-22, 45 was led by David Maitland: *(verse 4) “Search for the Lord and his strength; continually seek his face.”
The First Lesson, Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28, was read by Arthur Clark. This is the story of how Joseph’s brothers were so jealous of him that they sold him to the Ishmaelites as a slave. They received 20 pieces of silver for him and Joseph was taken to Egypt.
The Second Lesson was Romans 10:5-15, read by Jose Ramirez. Paul explains how Moses taught that righteousness came from obeying the law, but because Christ came to earth to save humans, one now gains righteousness by faith in him. One is to share this good news with everyone.
Reverend Huff read the Gospel of Matthew 14: 22-33. This relates the miracle of Christ walking on the water. When Peter attempted to walk on the water also to go to Jesus, he was able to do so until the wind frightened him and he lost faith. Jesus reached down and saved him.
This miracle followed the one where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus taught lessons in his miracles and they always had a purpose and meaning. Being God, he could change anything he wanted to in order to teach or show the glory of God. After feeding the 5,000 Jesus went away to be by himself to pray. When he returned, the boat with the disciples had washed away from the shore. Jesus walked on the water to reach them and they were all astonished. This miracle reveals to them that Jesus is truly the Son of God to be able to accomplish this. The feeding of the 5,000 was symbolic of how everyone who believes in him will partake of the Holy Eucharist.
The disciples failed to understand the meanings of the miracles at first and were merely astonished at what he could do. Jesus uses miracles to enhance the faith in hearts. His miracles are symbolic and powerful. Jesus is the sustenance in lives and provides everyone with a personal and spiritual connection with him and others. He is always with everyone regardless of where they are. Humans are never alone. One can study God’s Word and understand the miracles and their meanings. One’s fears are conquered by the love of Christ and his power will always be with one in everything they face.
Next Sunday St. Matthew’s will have Reverend Gary Gooch as pastor at the 9 a.m. service. The church will also celebrate the baptism of Diane and John Greve’s grandson.