The scripture for today is Matthew 28:16-20.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
After rising from the dead, Jesus had sent word that the disciples were to meet him at Galilee. He told them of his authority over all the earth and further commanded them to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations. He also reassured them of his great love in that he would always be with them always. Blessed assurance that he would be with them until the end of time.
Last year when I was in Israel, it was so comforting seeing people of all races, and nationalities. Everywhere I could hear many different languages and view different expressions of Christianity. All beautiful and breathtaking. Seeing the fulfillment of the command to go forth into all the earth and make Christians throughout the world was so gratifying. Talking with a young woman from the Hong Kong Lutheran Church was so very interesting. She was a Christian living in Communist China. I had traveled twice to Hong Kong when it was a British Royal Colony. So much had changed since that time. All kinds of Christian churches flourished in the city at that time. Now Hong Kong still has some Christian churches but not as many as it had previously. In front of me was a brave young woman experiencing like me, a trip of a lifetime and sharing her great love of Christ.
The young woman was a disciple of Christ, living his message. At this time of worldwide pandemic, I hope she is safe and healthy, able to proclaim the Gospel now and in the future.
I hope that for all of us. Prayers are lifted up knowing that Christ is with all of us throughout the world and hearing our prayers. He will always be with us, healing our ailments and loving us through all the difficulties of life.
Let us pray: Dear Lord, Let us continue to obey your commands to spread your Good News to all. We seek to feel your comfort of your love to the end of the age.
Additional verses-Psalm 8, Genesis 1:1-2:a, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Prayer Request: I received this prayer from a friend in Wichita, Kansas who attends Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. It was published in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, published after the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919.
O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee from our peril, give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick, prosper the means made us for their cure and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.