Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church:
Aug 08, 2021 |
Be Imitators of God| The Rev. Linda Spiers
Be Imitators of God
Paul writes to the people of Ephesus: "...be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us." (Ephesians 5:1-2). He then gave the Ephesians practical advice on ethical behaviors, many of which are rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures. Our Christian ethics point back to Jewish ethics. As Christians we also have our baptismal covenant that leads and directs our lives in community. In the newly edited book by Westina Matthews This Band of Sisterhood: Black Women Bishops on Race, Faith, and the Church, we hear modern day brave voices encourage people to be authentic, vulnerable, inclusive, spirit-filled, truth-telling. These are the voices of women of color elected as bishops in the past three years. Along with Paul, they invite us to be the church in new ways--to be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us.