The Gospel for the Daily Prayer of the Church continues in Matthew where yesterday’s theme continues:
On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?” Then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.”
‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!’
Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Mt. 7:22-29).
There are those who think that all one has to do is to confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior and that’s it—bingo—done—end of story—all is well. However, Jesus tells us that actions matter: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. … And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” Many in our day are as astonished as those who Jesus spoke these very words to nearly 2000 years ago.
Let us pray: Gracious God, in you we live and move and have our being. Open our hearts to the Eternal Word, the Word made flesh, Jesus your son, and give us the grace through your Holy Spirit to act on the Word given to us. Amen.
A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Dear all, Karen Lehr is having a birthday, and she wants to give thanks for all of those special people in her life, and the only way to do that is to have them there. So here are the details, the celebration will be in Sutton Hall at St. Augustine’s on Saturday, 12 October at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially T.J. Carol, Gladys and those suffering from addictions of various sorts.
The 5th Annual Art Show at St. Augustine is open! Invite your friends and get the word out. The show is only 1 week this year from the 28th of September to 6 October, and we’ll have extended hours on the 6th since it is Artwalk night.”
Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, 5 October at 11 a.m. Bring your cats, dogs, birds, lizards, fleas, or whichever of God’s creatures are a part of your home to be blessed.
The BBQ at Grace is back! After being interrupted by Ike, the tradition is back again. Saturday, 12 October 2013 from 11-3. There will be a silent auction with all sorts of wonderful items including James Avery jewelry and a bird watching cruise. Come and support our brothers and sisters at Grace Episcopal Church.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550