Sixth Sunday after Trinity MP 28 July 2019 A.D.

Sixth Sunday after Trinity            28 July 2019 A.D.                 Morning Prayer

      Psalm 111: 1-10    First Lesson. 1 Samuel 16:1-13    Second Lesson. Acts 11:1-18

                          O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good
                          things as pass man's under standing; Pour into our hearts such
                          love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain
                          thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ                              our Lord.                                                                         Amen.


  As we reflect on the Psalms and second lesson here are some questions that arise from these readings.  

1] How do we get to know and understand God?   
  
 2] How does God help us to understand why we should worship him?

 3] Why are we to praise the Lord? 

 4] Who can receive the salvation of God ? 

 5] How do they hear this salvation of God ?  

 6] Why should we take this message to the people ?


Our first two questions can be answered in the passage from Psalm 111. 
 In verses 2-6 we see both questions addressed. 

1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

1] How do we get to know and understand God?   
  
 2] How does God help us to understand why we should worship him?

2 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

  Verses seven and eight are first written out as far back as Psalm 19.  The concept that the Lord is true, He is just, His commandments are sure (stay in place, don’t change)

9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
    In verses 9 and 10 we read of the eternal nature of God’s covenant. Our worship and honor given to the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. This is reflected again in the book of Proverbs and several other passages found in the Old Testament.  As we read and inwardly digest the Word of God it creates an understanding and a beginning of wisdom that will last a lifetime. But as with any life, spiritual or physical, it must be fed, daily, in order for it to thrive. We must read the Word of God daily for our spiritual nourishment, daily we must go to the Lord for spiritual sustenance. 

Now we come to perhaps the most important aspect of living a Christian life, evangelism .
                
                                    5] How do they hear this salvation of God ?

1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,

3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.

4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,

5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:

6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw four footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.

9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.

11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.

12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:

13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

  The important message here is to take the message to those who are seeking. In this sense we can evangelize just by our daily actions. How we treat others, how we treat our families, how we interact with the public on a daily basis.  This can be a hard lesson. As many of you know, working with the public can be very trying as well as tiring. But if we take the lesson of Peter’s actions, he went to Joppa, even though he didn’t want to, he spoke the Word of God, and the people he spoke to came to be saved.    

6] Why should we take this message to the people ?
 
16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? 
 
 In this last verse of our scripture reading today, is the whole summation of what, why, and how we are to share God’s message to the world. We do not have to go to Africa, Asia, or India to share this message. We can go across the road, down the lane, at the store, at school, or the social center. Anywhere we met people, interact with them can be our mission field. Understand that at all times people are watching you to see how you react to good and bad things that happen to you or those you love. As Peter wrote in his first epistle; {1Peter 3:15-16} 

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

 In conclusion we find answers to these questions expressed in the passage from the Psalms and from the Acts of the Apostles, while in fact you can find this message through out the Old and New Testament. God has asked us to seek those who are to be saved. Just by our daily lives we can tell people about our Awesome God. We can share where ever we meet people who are searching, hurting, or looking for the Way.  As an interesting note, we see in the account of Peter, that those who were responsible for the church at Jerusalem backed off confronting Peter. He told them what happened, they wisely fell silent. Then they praised God for the work He was doing in the world. This was not going to be just a Jewish faith, this was going to be a faith for the salvation of the world.

18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. 

Let us pray:

 O God, who has prepared for those who love you such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Chris our Lord.              Amen

O GRACIOUS Father, we humbly beseech thee for thy universal Church; that thou wouldst be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, establish it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of him who died and rose again, and ever liveth to make intercession for us, Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord.                  Amen.

O GOD, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the whole earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to them that are far off and to them that are nigh; Grant that all men everywhere may seek after thee and find thee. Bring the nations into thy fold, pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                                                                  Amen.  

DIRECT us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.