06/11/23 Weekly Worship

We are glad that you are here this morning. We hope this time of worship nurtures
your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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READ THE SERMON

June 11, 2023 | 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Denise Clark-Jones

“TBA”

Today’s reading from Genesis describes the call of Abram to go from his family home to an unknown land the Lord had yet to reveal to him. Abram obeyed the call and trusted in God’s promise that the then childless Abram would inhabit the land with a multitude of descendants, “the father of many nations.” The psalmist proclaims that nations will, ultimately, “come to nothing” if they act contrary to the will of God. In our epistle reading from Romans, the Apostle Paul announces that Christians have joined their Jewish brothers and sisters as part of God’s family, but without obligation to follow Jewish Law. He cites the example of Abram, later renamed Abraham, who was justified by his faith in God, claiming justification is given by God’s grace through faith. Although laws have their purpose, they do not take the place of grace and mercy. In the gospel reading, Jesus calls Matthew, a tax collector, to leave everything and follow him. Like Abraham, Matthew followed. Jesus was criticized by some Jewish religious leaders, who accused him of breaking Jewish law by eating with sinners, such as tax collectors.  Jesus rebuked them, saying, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

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