We believe God's love and welcome extends to everyone. No exceptions! At St. Mark's, we are committed to diversity and inclusion. Each Sunday, our priest says these words to invite everyone to communion at our altar:
This is the Lord's table. If you have great faith, or you have little faith, you are welcome. If you have been here often, or if you have never been here before, you are welcome. If you have tried to follow, or if you have failed, you are welcome. It's the Lord who invites you. You can meet him here.
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Sermon: Welcome to the Argument
Sermon Text: Welcome to the Argument
For Show and Tell today, I brought a book. When I was in high school, I went to my friend’s church youth group. It wasn’t my church, but I liked the youth group. The pastor of that church gave me this New Testament.
He didn’t autograph it or anything. But he should have written something in it. He should have written inside the front cover, “Welcome to the argument.”
The New Testament, and in fact the whole Bible, is full of argument. People arguing with God. God arguing with people. Jesus arguing with religious leaders. The apostle Paul arguing with....everybody.
Today’s Gospel reading is from the famous Sermon on the Mount. Maybe I should have introduced it like this: “The Holy Argument of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.” That’s because we hear Jesus arguing with the Bible itself. He quotes from the Hebrew Bible (what we call the Old Testament), and then he changes it.