Message from Kate 14th June

Message from Kate
Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8
The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the
kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he
saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they
were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a
shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful,
but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest
to send out labourers into his harvest.’
The Twelve Apostles
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them
authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure
every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the
twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his
brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother
John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the taxcollector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the
Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
The Mission of the Twelve
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go
nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the
Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of
heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse
the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give
without payment.
More than any other disciple Matthew must have known how
much it would have cost to follow Jesus, yet he didn’t hesitate
and he did indeed follow him. When he left his Tax collectors
booth, his only earthly guarantee was unemployment in that
moment. For some of the others they could return to their old
jobs of fishing but for Matthew there would never be a ‘going
back’. Jesus gave him a new life from that moment and he
embraced it. He was now an accepted person transformed and
made new, for a despised tax collector we can only begin to
imagine how he must have felt. Jesus gave Mathew a new
purpose for his skill, yet the only transferable skill in
that moment seemed to be his ability to record, yet God used
that and Mathew became a really good recorded and we see
that the gospel bears witness to that.
The story that Matthew records is of Jesus journey, a story of
compassion on people who are like ‘sheep without a shepherd’
and Jesus call to send out labourers into this harvest, feels very
much that these times are with us again, by summoning the 12
together, he calls those he loves, trusts and gives authority to
preach, to heal the sick, cast out the demons reminding them
that the kingdom of God has come near.
Right now, people are lonely, frightened, lost, unsure of what
the future looks like and what to do for the best. Do they go out,
meet with friends and family, are they safe? Will they become
ill? We as a church are looking at the consequence of opening
up our buildings and the regulations that have to be put into
place and those with the gifts and skills of leaderships are being
tested to make sure we can do so while offering the greatest
degree of safely to all concerned. ‘The harvest is great but the
labourers are few’.
You may be called upon to play a different role, like Matthew as
we move forward, called out of your booth into a role or
position that previously you felt unprepared for. The call is on
each and everyone of us as disciples and followers to listen to
the voice of God, discern through prayer the right way forward,
then act justly and with wisdom and grace in his name, knowing
that it is through the power of God that we will be enabled to do
all things and not through our own power.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name ………
Lyrics: Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan CCL 122217

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