St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Sunday Services: 9am Traditional | 11:15am Contemporary | 10am Sunday School
  
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 Have you ever heard the song, “Dem Bones?” You know the one….your heel bone connected to your ankle bone, your ankle bone connected to your leg bone, your leg bone connected to your knee bone….I hear the word of the Lord! This song is based on the vision described by the prophet Ezekiel, a vision of dead bones laying in a valley that God knits together and brings to life!! This coming Sunday we continue our sermon series on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, and this week we begin the second part of Paul’s letter, where he details the practical application of what he’s said so far.

 In chapters 1-3 Paul has told us that our identity is as “in Christ” people, above and beyond any ascribed or achieved identity we might otherwise have. This new identity brings us all together, takes away the divisions between us, and paves the way by God’s power that is at work in us to grow to be all that God created us to be, both as individuals and as the body of Christ. Where once the dwelling place for God was in a building, and in a temple, God new dwells in the hearts of all believers, as we are filled with the glory of God, and are being rooted and grounded in love.

 Paul begins this second half of his letter with an important shift, the highlight and focus of his letter, and tells us that because of these things, we are: one body, with one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God. There’s a word that runs through that sentence – one.

 The health of a body of believers, says Paul, is in its unity. The strength of the body of Christ is in it’s one-ness. If the left foot decides to kick the shin of the right leg; if the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing; if we’re looking in the opposite direction to where we’re going…we, as the body of Christ, will fall flat on our faces. We must be as one, growing into our unified identity as “in Christ” people. Paul says “I beg you to live a life worthy of the calling” (Ephesians 4:1). The Christian walk must be rooted and grounded in humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another, maintaining the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace.

 I invite you to join us on Sunday as we hear this hard truth. Are we at St. Matthew’s one in Christ, one in each other, and one in ministry to all the world? If not…we have work to do. 

 

 (( Updated Covid Guidelines )) 

 Masks and social distancing are no longer required while on campus, but we honor and respect those who, for any reason, still need to wear a mask or remain distanced. There’s plenty of room, especially in our sanctuary, to spread out as needed and continue to keep one another safe.

 Join us each Sunday in person or online at either 9am (traditional) or 11:15am (contemporary).  We will also have BOTH services streaming live. 

 

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