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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sunday 10/21 - worship at 11am

The early Christians turned to their scriptures, the Hebrew Bible, to understand what had happened in the ministry of Jesus. In this week's New Testament reading we see a little-mentioned character, King Melchizedek. They see him as a forerunner of Jesus, who is "designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek" (Letter to the Hebrews 5:10)

Melchizedek only gets a brief mention in the book of Genesis, but in a way that made him a symbol for those early Jesus followers. He was king of Salem (peace), and after a battle, brings an offering of bread and wine to the returning Abram and his men. This is the setting for a peace treaty between Abram and the local kings. Also, in seeing Jesus as a high priest "according to the order of Melchizedek," the early Christians are claiming high priestly status for Jesus, but outside the hereditary priesthood of the Temple.

So it is with us. Jesus' offering brings peace between divided humanity. And Jesus' ministry brings all people into the holy place, declaring us worthy to make a new kind of sacrifice. Instead of blood, we offer our time, our treasure, our pride, that God might make us into servants.

This Sunday as God ministers to us, we minister to one another, Rev. Lisa Bellan-Boyer preaching. Special music from our Campers' Choir.

God bless and keep you always.

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

NEXT SUNDAY: Reformation Sunday. Wear red! International potluck lunch!

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