The Faith of the Centurion – Paolo Veronese, 1558.
“When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress.’ And he said to him, ‘I will come and cure him.’ The centurion answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And the servant was healed in that hour.” Matthew 8:5-13
Is it possible to amaze God? Apparently it is, when you believe Jesus is the Second Member of the Godhead. This Sunday we will be looking at a story where a soldier of high rank encountered Jesus… and amazed him:
– with a caring heart (for a servant)
– with a contrite heart (he knew his place)
– with his faith (of course)
We can’t impress God with rank, or social status, but by being caring, contrite, faithful people of God.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Kern will again be leading our service this morning. We are enormously grateful to Paul, and his wife, the Rev Heather Kern, for guiding our worship on the first two Sundays of every month during this time of transition. Their words and presence are a blessing to us.
This week we are also hosting some cadets from the Royal Military College, in the tradition of Copper Sunday. They will participate by speaking, playing music, reading and……tossing pennies into the collection plate!
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.