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Come as You are

come as you are

Welcome to church this morning! Each year, a special Sunday is set aside to focus on what church means and how we might better tell others about the best-kept secret in town: the good news of Jesus.

Come to Church Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to invite new people to church, and those who may have been regular in the past and have stopped attending church for some reason.

Our worship service today isn’t too different from our usual Sunday service, and we hope you’ll find us a welcoming church where you can feel at ease just being you.

Jesus didn’t come to set up a church as we think of it; rather he came to establish what he called the Kingdom of God: an invisible kingdom made up of people from all backgrounds who would love God above everything else, and treat others with love and respect.

That sounds simple enough, but history shows that humans are complex beings who tend to want things all our own way.

Today’s Bible readings point at this theme of what it means to be loving and humble and obedient to God.

In our gospel passage Matthew the tax collector – a role hated by the ancient Jews – is called from his job as a servant of the Roman Empire into Jesus’ service. Does he turn his back on his lucrative job and follow Jesus into an uncertain future? Yes he does. Did he ever have second thoughts? Possibly. Matthew was human like us.

Today, Jesus calls us into his service – just as we are. Does Jesus ask that we stop what we’re doing and become wandering ministers? No, probably not. All Jesus asks is that we trust him enough to give him a go. Jesus wants only the best for us – he loves us more than we can possibly imagine and church is a great place to discover how our lives can be changed when we allow Jesus to be our king.

SENTENCE:

“Who needs a doctor – the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” [Matthew 9: 13] 

COLLECT (PRAYER OF THE DAY)

Almighty God,

who through your Son Jesus Christ

called Matthew from selfish pursuit of gain

to become an apostle and evangelist;

free us from all greed and love of riches

so that we may follow the steps of our Lord Jesus Christ

in the way of self-giving love;

who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. AMEN.

 

Matthew 9: 9-13  The Call of Matthew [The Message]

9Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” Matthew stood up and followed him. 10Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his friends, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. 11When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, hanging around with crooks and riff-raff?”

12Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick?

13Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”