SATURDAY (September 12, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“…where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”” (Matthew 18:20)
““If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”” (Matthew 18:15–20)
Being in Christ means being in family, in a community gathered around His name. Sin seeks to divide us, drive us apart, divorce the family and wreak havoc wherever it can. This is why reconciliation is so important. That is why loosing and binding sins is at the heart of the Christian Church and her mission.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Sarah. Bless her now with the forgiveness of sins and a firm trust in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, Your humble servants, Your holy inspiration, that we may set our minds on the things that are right and, by Your merciful guiding, accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.