Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

13th Sunday after Trinity

6 Sep 2020, midnight

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - 6th September 2020

Readings: Ezekiel 33v7-9; Romans 13v8-10; Matthew 18v15-20

A word for today from Lucy: The sending of Ezekiel the prophet to be a watchman to warn the people reminds me that God is always trying to help and forewarn us. Here in Church, I believe that God forewarned us about the pandemic because in 2019, God inspired those who preached with a particular message. This was to forewarn about the “End of Time” and implore us to be ready to meet our maker. Little did we know then about what was coming until we found ourselves in the Pandemic.

The letter that Paul wrote so full of rules to the people in Rome, reminds me that God gives us guidance to help us avoid danger and stay safe. Here in Church as we gather in worship, I am mindful that we need rules for our protection and safety as we emerge from lockdown in a world that threatens our very existence but in which we can survive if all of us keep to the rules. I am also reminded that whilst the rules are about keeping us safe, the way we live should be full of love. Just like the love we witnessed during the lockdown - as people did what they could, with what they had, to show kindness and care to others. Some to family and friends, others to neighbours and colleagues and yet others to strangers and people they did not know.

The gospel for today reminds me that as we continue our journey out of lockdown and into the new normal that we are called to be the people of God, the Church for this new age. A Church that points to God. A Church that teaches how to live as God’s people with one another. A Church that calls people to repentance and God’s loving forgiveness. A Church that calls people to gather in the name of God, even if only in twos and threes. For we have a God who forewarns us just as in the days of old and calls us to be his people, the Church here on earth.

Let us Pray: Lord give us ears to hear and eyes to see what you are saying to your world. Then give us hearts and minds to follow as you would have us do. Amen

Prayer of blessing May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Closing Note This message is sent to you with love and prayers as: a word of encouragement and a sign of hope as we live the new normal