Sermon Introduction –
Paul encouraged the early church to “love your neighbor as you love yourself”. Matthew reminds us that “where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them”. How do we respond to Paul and Matthew today? How do we use our hands to do God’s work here in this place?
Introduction to this week’s readings
Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.