Sermon Summary for Sunday, June 25th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Mal Underwood
We were blessed to have Fr. Don Black as our visiting priest on Sunday. The gospel lesson from Matthew formed the basis of his message that all life is precious in the eyes of God. Jesus speaks to the disciples knowing the persecution they will face as they go forth to spread the gospel into foreign lands and kingdoms. He wants them to know that our Father in heaven will be with them at all times. He pays special attention to those who are in need, pain or otherwise suffering. Jesus tells them that even a sparrow, sold at two for a penny, does not fall to the ground apart from God. We are to know that the hairs on our head are counted, so we are not to be afraid of those who would kill the body but cannot kill the soul. We should instead fear Satan, who kills both body and soul.
Fr. Don shared several stories of faithful Christians caring for and supporting others in times of despair and need. We, as the family of Christ, are called to love and support our brothers and sisters in every way we can, just as the Father is with us through all our trials and tribulations.
Fr. Don closed with a quote of lyrics from the song His Eye is on the Sparrow:
“Whenever I am tempted; whenever clouds arise;
When songs give way to sighing; when hope within me dies;
I draw closer to Him; from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”