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The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
O LORD, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
A friend and I were talking about compromise in marriage. He said “In my marriage, my wife makes all the small decisions and I make all the big decisions.”
“We of course have yet to have any big decisions.”
Jesus tells us in today's gospel that we all must make a really big decision. We must choose to serve God or the riches of this world.
Mathew 6:24 “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
In the 12th chapter of Saint Luke's Gospel our blessed Lord tells a parable to those he sees are too concerned about material gain. He tells of a rich farmer that is all too typical of us all at times. When the man receives a crop beyond his wildest expectations his first thoughts aren't of giving thanks to God for this great blessing. Instead he speaks only of his abundance, his barns, and his goods. No thoughts of God, and no thoughts of what God would have him do for those less fortunate than himself. He thinks that somehow these new riches will satisfy his soul.
True riches that will satisfy of course, are not of this earthly kind.
The riches that satisfy the soul can only be ours through God's grace.
God gave his only begotten Son to die for our sins and this Savior is where true riches are to be found. If we possess him then our souls are saved from eternal separation from God.
In accepting Jesus as our Savior we become God's children and, as his children, we are truly made rich.
As we understand how much has been given us, we know that a burden of love has been placed upon us. “Go ye, and make disciples of all nations.” “Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.”
As God has made us rich we need to make others rich with the knowledge of God's forgiving, self sacrificing love.
Christians, as God's children, should never stop testifying to the world of God's wonderful gift to us all of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Saint Paul in the sixth chapter of his second epistle to Timothy, (in the 17th verse), tells him to:
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
We need to consider that Paul was writing those words to us, as well as Timothy, and always use the riches that God has given us in the way we know glorifies our heavenly Father.
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We pray for our Armed Forces at each of our Morning and Evening Prayer services.
O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the Armed Forces of our country and those of our allies; Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Memorial Day in Middleville 2022
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.