The mission of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is to love, welcome, nurture, and serve all people
by following the example of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunday 5/20

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. John 17:17-18

As the season of Easter draws to an end, the church recalls these word of Jesus to his disciples, part of his farewell on the night before his crucifixion. He prays that his friends might be like him, but in particular ways. That they be made holy, especially in truth ("I am the way, the truth, and the life" Jesus said earlier that night). And he testifies that like himself, they are sent into the world.

Sounds like marching orders. Go into the world, armed only with the truth that God is the author of blessing, of grace, of healing, of salvation.

And Jesus said all this around the table he shared with his friends. Like us today - we hope. When "church" is done, Jesus sends us into the world with the truth he shares with us. God loves, God heals, God saves, as we taste in bread and wine.

Walk in truth, walk with God.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City

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