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June 11, 2017
In our gospel lesson this wk. (Matt. 28:16-20), Matthew records Jesus' commission to his disciples.
He says, "Go," take the initiative, don't wait, but go and extend an invitation. He adds, "Make disciples and teach what I commanded." Not preach or judge and not increase membership. But, teach the principles I taught; love one another, be forgiving, practice sacrifice, make peace. And make disciples, help people find their gifts and ways to use them.
Finally, he says that we are to be inclusive. The invitation we extend is to be extended to everyone, "All the nations." And why are we to do this? Because he tells us in verse 18 that his authority to command comes directly from God.
We have received our commission, now let's go. Because, a church that doesn't go is like golfers who don't golf, bakers who don't bake and fishers who don't fish. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.