Sunday, June 24 – 10:00am
The phrase Think globally, act locally, was actually invented by a Scottish urban planner in the early 20th century, but the idea was a central understanding of the early church.
Sunday’s scripture reading is only found in Matthew’s gospel. At the very end of the gospel, the writer takes Jesus back home to Galilee – the multicultural part of Israel, and then Jesus commissions his disciples to head out across the world spreading his teaching. This writer believed that the end of the world wasn’t far away, so Jesus promises to be with them to “the end of this present age.”
Matthew 28:16-20 (Common English Bible)
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, ”I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
Please note that the frailty of the disciples’ faith continues, even into this mountain top experience… “some doubted.” How do you experience yourself being “sent” by Jesus? Where is your faith in God leading you to go? Jesus tells each of us to love God, our neighbor, ourselves and our enemies… to which of these are you feeling specifically called?
Prayers please for:
Ginny Baldauf, Paul and Peggy Blankenship, Ruth Burgess, Peggy Fenimore-Brown, Bill Huckaby, Magures family, Steve Mitchell, Vivian Noble, Sylvia Roberts, Dave Stoughton, Ligaya Vopata