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Father David Mercer, Priest in Charge
454-9998
dmercer98@bellaliant.net
 
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Service of Holy Eucharist each Sunday at St Clements Church
Dumfries
11 AM

                                                                                                          TRINITY 15

Although this Sunday is Trinity 15, Monday is the Feast of Saint Matthew and as a result we are keeping this day as the Feast. Why do we have Saints is a question that a young boy once asked me. In the Creed that we say every Sunday we state an that we believe in the Communion of Saints. A communion is a fellowship of individuals or a community and a community has about it a sense of relationship. In the Book of the Revelation we have the picture in words of all the faithful gathered around the Throne of God. The images in the Scriptures are full of this fellowship gathered around the Throne and Altar of God. Saint Paul speaks of the Church as the Body of Christ and in his First Epistle to the Corinthians in the twelfth Chapter we find his discussion about the Church. In his understanding he points out that the elements in the Church are interconnected and interdependent. Our value and worth come from our relationship with the body and our life as well. It is through Baptism that we are grafted into the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ in the world. It is by the lives that we live that we witness to the truth of the Gospel. We are all saints and although we have our flaws what makes us saints is our Baptism. As a result, a Saint is anyone who is baptized. The Church down through the ages has seen fit to set aside the lives of some of the baptized in a list of the names of these persons as examples of holy living. Consequently, we have a Calendar that provides us saints days through the year. The Saints are chosen usually because they exemplify in some way aspect of Christ’s Life. The Saints are also heroes of the Faith because they have stood up to evil and in spite of temptation have resisted the desire to do evil. Why was Matthew chosen as a saint? It is Matthew who sat at the Seat of Custom as a tax collector for the Romans. As the Gospel tells us our Lord approached him and simply said “Follow me.” Matthew got up from his table and followed the Christ. But why Matthew? Here was a man who worked for the Roman oppressors, a man who was believed to be a thief, because tax collectors very often skimmed off some of the tax for themselves. He was chosen because the Christ saw in him what others had failed to see – his humanity. The British Army liberated a concentration camp in Germany at the end of the war. One of the British Officers came across a woman sitting outside one of the prisoner huts. When he asked what was inside she said that she would show him. As she stood, he held the door open for her. She said that that act gave her courage and hope because for the time in a long time, someone had treated her as a human being. He had shown respect by opening the door and stepping aside so that she could enter first. Sometimes the most important thing that we can do for each other is to treat each other as human beings. It is Matthew who writes the first Gospel and scholars tell us that he writes it for the Hebrew nation. It is the most readable of all the Gospels and teaches that our Lord is both God and Man. In other words, it is his humanity that is emphasized in this Gospel and it is the Gospel that is most organized. Matthew writes his Gospel in the 70’s and is considered the first Gospel to be written. Matthew makes it clear that our Lord is a descendent of Abraham and of the Royal House of David. Outside of the Gospel records there is very little known about Matthew. Some sources tell us that he preached the Gospel in Ethiopia, but aside from this the record is silent. Our Lord calls Matthew to servanthood. In fact he calls us all to the same servanthood. Who do we serve? Do we serve the world? Do we serve each other? Do we serve God? It is only be serving God that we can hope to serve the world and each other. We are instruments of God’s Grace and it is only through our faithfulness to him that we can ever hope to serve the world. Matthew served God in his generation and continues to do so in the Paradise of God. Hopefully we as instruments of God’s Grace will join him in this world and in the world to come in faithful service.

TRINITY 14
We are a Sacramental Community and as such we believe that it is through the Sacraments of the Church that we receive the Grace of God. This does not mean that the reading of Scripture as the Church has laid out in the Lectionary does us no good. The contrary is true because we also believe that the Scriptures are “God’s Word Written.”, but the Sacraments are one of the primary ways that God has chosen to communicate with us. It is also important to remember that Prayer should and in fact must play a role in our Christian lives. As we have said before, our Lord, when asked by the disciples to teach them to pray gave them and us in turn, “The Lord’s Prayer”. Let us then consider what a Sacrament is and how it helps us in our Christian life.
The Catechism tells us that there are two Sacraments that are necessary for salvation. The first is the Sacrament of Baptism and the second is the Holy Eucharist. Baptism has two elements, water and Grace. The words of the Catechism tells us that a Sacrament is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. We understand that in Baptism the person is born again. What this means is that in the pouring of the water the individual is made a new person. There is a great deal of confusion among many in that they have confuse conversion and regeneration. The word conversion means to turn around. We are converted every day of our lives, when we turn our backs on evil and turn towards the good, we are converting. On the other hand, when we turn our backs on good and turn towards the evil, we are converted. Conversion has to do with us, we are the ones who make the choice by the exercise of our free will. Regeneration means to be born again. I was baptized in the Delivery Room in Saint Joseph Hospital by Sister Urban when I was only minutes old because the Doctor thought that I might die. The oldest person that I Baptized was in his eighties. In both cases Baptism had the same effect – regeneration. We were both born again in the act of the pouring of the water on the person. We emerged from the action new persons. How is this possible? It is possible because the action of Baptism is not an act of man but of God. It is God that conveys the gift of new life in the Sacrament. Saint Peter (1 Peter 4, 21) tells us that Baptism saves us and Saint Paul (Titus 3, 5-7) tell us that Baptism is the washing of regeneration. From the very beginning the Church has taught and believed that Baptism is necessary as the first step in the Christian life. But please take note that in the case of the young child it is our duty to lead the child to an understanding of what Baptism and the Christian life is all about. For the young conversion follows Baptism, for adults conversion may well precede Baptism but in the case of the child it is Baptism that is first. No parent stands alone in the task of raising a child in the Christian life, it is a matter of concern for the whole Family of God.
Our Lord himself tells Nicodemus in Saint John’s Gospel (St John 3, 1-7) that Baptism is necessary if one is to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Our Lord goes on to say that “that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The spiritual man was one of the themes in last Sunday’s Epistle. The spiritual person follows and lives by the law of God and allows God to rule in his/her heart. This does not mean that the desires of the flesh are destroyed, because the Grace of God does not destroy but fulfills. In other words, the rule of love rules the physical desires that we as human beings have. The Christian engages the physical to serve the living God. We do not cut ourselves off from the world as Christians, but are actively involved in its transformation in a process of restoration. Some speak of this process as the sanctification of time, in other words making time holy. What all of this means is that Baptism is not simply a matter of “getting baby done” as some would have it, but the beginning of a new life in Christ. Many parents have the child Baptized and then disappear from the life of the Church, when they should take to heart the promises that they have made in the child’s Baptism and begin to establish in their lives and the live of
the child the patterns of Christian living that will lead to a full rich life in Christ. The Church does not set for us an impossible task in these matters because she continually supports with prayer, Sacraments and the Common Life.

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Father David Mercer, Priest in Charge

Anglican Parish of Prince William
6832 Rte. 102
Dumfries, N.B.
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Audrey Cernivz,
Apr 17, 2020, 8:23 AM