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Pastoral Message for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost - June 28, 2020

Pastoral Message

(for members and friends of)

Geeseytown and Newry Lutheran Churches

4th Sunday after Pentecost

June 28, 2020

We begin by remembering:

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me

welcomes the one who sent me. (Matthew 10:40)

Let us pray:

O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice

and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your

word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

Scripture: Romans 6:12-23 & Matthew 10:40-42

Thoughts from the Pastor:

Our gospel lesson teaches us that we can be a blessing to others.

We can show these blessings by being hospitable to others. Being

hospitable to others begins with God’s love for us and the Holy Spirit within

our hearts. And through the Holy Spirit we can show others the love of God

that we have received through the faith we have in Jesus Christ.

As I think about being hospitable to others, it is important that we

remember as a hospitable believer in Jesus Christ, we are really a host

helping people. God is our host because God is our creator and everyones

creator. Not everyone will reject our hospitality. Some will welcome us and

receive blessings through our hospitality; after all, we are the ambassadors

of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God? And Jesus will make sure we are

rewarded for what we do.

When people receive us and our hospitality, they are experiencing a

welcome from Jesus, for we are His representatives. We can show people

hospitable acts in many ways, but when we offer and do these acts, we are

also showing the grace and love that we have received from God. It begins

with trusting in Jesus Christ, which is an act of the will based on the

knowledge we have of what Jesus Christ has done for us. Through that

knowledge we have in Jesus, we learn about the grace and love He has

given us which makes us alive to God.

As I turn to Romans 6:12-23, the Apostle Paul is teaching us to not let

sin exercise dominion in your moral bodies, to make you obey their

passions. Sin and death have no control over Jesus Christ, and we are “in

Christ” so sin and death have no control over us. We can see this as we

begin our worship services with our confession and forgiveness. We

confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We admit

our sin and ask Jesus to have mercy on us, to forgive us, renew us and

lead us. When we confess our sin to Jesus, we can then delight in Jesus’

will and walk in his ways being hospitable to others. Yes, it is Jesus’ will for

our lives and ministries that we reach out and help others as His host

showing people His love and grace through us.

What we are doing through confession and forgiveness is yielding

ourselves to God because of His grace. The Apostle Paul has proved that

we are not saved by the law and that we do not live under the law. The fact

that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ does not give us

an excuse to sin, but it does give us a reason to obey Him. When you

reach out as a host to others helping them in many ways, you are doing

what Jesus wants us to do walking in his ways. Hospitality was started by

God in Genesis 17 where God was a host to Abram through a covenant.

Later in Genesis 18 God shows favor as a host to Abraham and Sarah

promising them a son. We always need to remember when we show others

hospitality as a host, we are doing God’s will and we are blessed to be part

of it.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Henry

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