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Pastoral Message for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost - July 5, 2020

Pastoral Message

(for members and friends of)

Geeseytown and Newry Lutheran Churches

5th Sunday after Pentecost

July 5, 2020

We begin by remembering:

28 "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and

I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my

yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

Let us pray:

You are great, O God and greatly to be praised. You have made us

for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we

may believe in you, call upon you, know you and serve you, through your

Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Scripture: Romans 7:15-25 & Matthew 11:16-29 & 25-30

Thoughts from the Pastor:

The theme of our gospel lesson from Matthew 11 is the yoke of

discipleship. We learned last week in our gospel lesson that a disciple is a

learner. The moment we began to believe in Jesus we became a disciple

and a learner. Now this learning about Jesus and God will take us a life

time and we are really never done learning about Jesus and God. I have

always wondered if we continue to learn about Jesus and God after we are

in heaven with them. Personally, I believe we will continue to learn about

them in eternity.

Looking at verse 28 from our gospel lesson, “Come to me, all you that

are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest”, we see

that Jesus wants us to come to Him and have a relationship with Him. Now

this relationship is for eternity and He will never let go of us. Jesus is the

Son of God and He came into this world for you and me with salvation

through grace and faith in Him; but, He also came with much more. He

came with a divine love from God.

Verse 29 shows us that Jesus is gentle and humble of heart. As a

learner and disciple Jesus has opened His heart to us and shown us what

God is really like, “gentle and humble of heart.” Opening His heart also

reveals to us Jesus and God’s love for us. Our God knows everything

about us, and probably more than we know about ourselves. God can look

into your heart at any time because God is always with us.

Through our relationships with others God wants us to show others

grace, love and mercy. These three blessings from God help us when we

feel burdened and yoked by life’s challenges. We often feel “yoked.” We

are at times burdened, driven, exploited, and loaded down by life’s

challenges, and sometimes we wonder how am I going to get through this

challenge? One time when I was growing up I asked my Grandfather

Henry, if there were anyone with no problems and challenges in life. He told

me the cemetery was full of them. Please remember God’s Holy Spirit is

always with you helping you through difficult circumstances and times.

When we show others God’s grace, love and mercy that we have

received from God, people will see that you have been yoked by Jesus into

servitude with him. When Jesus says “Come to me,” he is inviting us to be

part of his ministry as his disciples to the world showing them God’s love,

grace and mercy. His yoke shows others God’s love, grace, and mercy in

our ministries also includes our families, our churches, and everywhere we

go in life. His yoke of servitude prepares us to obey Him without question

which is the key to grow in our faith im Him. Growing in faith with Jesus will

last all of your life and into eternity.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Henry

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