First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 I will write my law in their hearts, says the LORD Psalm: Psalm 46 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Ps. 46:4) Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28 Justified by God's grace as a gift Gospel: John 8:31-36 Jesus says, Continue in my word and you will know the truth Liturgical Color: Red
Lectionary 30 / Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) Sunday, October 26
First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 Holiness revealed in acts of justice First Reading (Semi-continuous): Deuteronomy 34:1-12 The death of Moses Psalm: Psalm 1 Their delight is in the law of the LORD. (Ps. 1:2) Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children. (Ps. 90:16) Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 The apostle's tender care for the Thessalonians Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46 Two great commandments: love for God and neighbor Liturgical Color: Green
James of Jerusalem, martyr, died around 62 Thursday, October 23
One of three early-church leaders named James, this man is identified in the New Testament and by a historian of the time as a brother of Jesus. Scholars are uncertain whether this means a blood brother. He was a leader of the church in Jerusalem.
Philipp Nicolai, died 1608; Johann Heermann, died 1647; Paul Gerhardt, died 1676; hymnwriters Sunday, October 26
These great hymnwriters all worked in seventeenth-century Germany in times of war and plague. Nicolai, a pastor, lost 1,300 parishioners to plague, 170 in one week. He wrote "O Morning Star, how fair and bright" and "Wake, awake, for night is flying." Heermann's hymns, including "Ah, holy Jesus," often express the emotions of faith. Gerhardt, perhaps the greatest Lutheran hymnwriter, was a pastor in Berlin.
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getting out the WORD - the 19th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:45
Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts.
Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think..." Matthew 22:15-22
Well, it happened, again! I picked up the book, thumbed through the pages, and read the words just as I heard them on Sunday morning! Calm! Restrained! Polite! And because of that, I missed the whole point! You see, sometimes, there are passages that are anything but civilized! Sometimes, they're heated! Intense! Tension so thick you can cut it! And this is one!
"Plotted to entrap." That phrase should have caught my attention. It's not mild and moderate. I should have listened for the sarcasm; I should have heard the scorn. The verses are dripping with derision and distain. "Teacher, we know that you are sincere..." (suuuure!) "that you teach the way of God in accordance with truth..." (riiiight!) "that you show deference to no one..." (and that's the problem!) "Tell us what you think..." (that's the furthest thing from their minds!) But Jesus did more than read the words. He heard them. And felt them. And lived them. And he was aware of the malice.
Yes, there are passages that can be taken at face value! Maybe, even, most of them! When Jesus is respected, revered. But there are others - like this one - when people really don't like him! Him or the things he says... just as there will be times like that for us...