St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Sunday Services: 9am Traditional | 11:15am Contemporary | 10am Sunday School
   

This coming Sunday we recognize Reformation Sunday, which is typically more frequently observed in other denominations than it is in the United Methodist Church, because we trace our heritage back to brothers John and Charles Wesley, rather than the branch of Protestantism led by Martin Luther and John Calvin. But even without the likes of Luther and Calvin in our immediate family tree, this period in time certainly had a huge impact on where we are today as different people challenged the status quo of the religious order and explored ideas like salvation by faith, not works; the priesthood of all believers; the role of Scripture, and so much more.

On this Sunday, I’ll re-preach (a very much edited/shortened version) one of John Wesley’s more well-known sermons titled “catholic spirit” because it certainly captures the essence of his theology, but also speaks into our lives some 270 years after it was written. Wesley focused on the idea of love (of both God, and neighbor), but expressed that in terms of Christian unity, respect of other, mutual appreciation of other thoughts and ideas, and revitalizing the church as a body of believers with love of God and neighbor at its core.

 Wesley argued that if your heart is as my heart, then give me your hand – suggesting that while there may be many things we will not agree on, there are essentials of the faith that we do agree on, and we should celebrate that unity that we share, respecting those thoughts and ideas that we don’t share. He also learned a lot from Augustine of Hippo, who is recorded as saying: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. Perhaps in a world that feels at times like it’s being torn apart because of differences of opinion, or political viewpoints, we could use a reminder that we are called to be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at His heavenly banquet.

 Join us in person or online at either 9am (traditional) or 11:15am (contemporary).

We will also have BOTH services streaming live.  You can click on the links below:
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