Paul led and Stephen gave the talk at the Communion service on the feast of Christ the King, 22 November. Watch the service here.
The readings were Ephesians 1: 15-23 and Matthew 25: 31-46.
Stephen talked about Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, knowing Jesus with head and heart. God doesn’t expect blind faith: he reveals himself in creation, in our lives and in Jesus.
The Matthew reading is not a parable but a prophecy: the great divide at the end of time. Both the “sheep” and the “goats” were surprised by Jesus’ response to their actions, but it should not be a surprise that Jesus identifies with the needy. The “goats”, having not responded to need and therefore shared in the suffering of Christ, did not share in his risen life. The “sheep” had not been saved by actions – this is not “salvation by works” – their actions were a response to their salvation. “Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven”.
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