Lectionary 25 / Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) Sunday, September 21
First Reading: Jonah 3:10--4:11 God's concern for the city of Nineveh First Reading (Semi-continuous): Exodus 16:2-15 Manna and quails feed the Israelites in the wilderness Psalm: Psalm 145:1-8 The LORD is slow to anger and of great kindness. (Ps. 145:8) Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Make known the deeds of the LORD among the peoples. Hallelujah! (Ps. 105:1, 45) Second Reading: Philippians 1:21-30 Standing firm in the gospel Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 The parable of the vineyard workers Liturgical Color: Green
Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (transferred) Monday, September 22
First Reading: Ezekiel 2:8--3:11 A prophet to the house of Israel Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes. (Ps. 119:33) Second Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10 By grace you have been saved through faith Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13 Jesus calls to Matthew: Follow me Liturgical Color: Red
Dag Hammarskjöld, renewer of society, died 1961 Thursday, September 18
A Swedish diplomat, Hammarskjöld served as the second Secretary General of the United Nations until his death in a plane crash while trying to negotiate peace in present-day Zambia. His journal, published as Markings, revealed the depth of his Christian faith.
Nelson Wesley Trout, bishop, died 1996 (TFF) Saturday, September 20
A native of Ohio, Trout served parishes in several parts of the United States before being elected bishop of the South Pacific District of the American Lutheran Church, the first African American Lutheran to serve in such a capacity.
Welcome to Midland Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Please join us each Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. for Christian Education followed by our Worship / Holy Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross so that he might draw the whole world to himself. To those who look upon the cross, grant your wisdom, healing, and eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
[Jesus said:] For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:13-17
Seth is an angel. His job, meeting those about to die and helping them "cross over." Seth, also, is a character (Nicolas Cage) in the movie City of Angels. Anyway, in the course of his work, Seth meets Maggie (Meg Ryan), a surgeon - and human being - with whom Seth - quite literally - falls in love, plummeting from the top of a skyscraper to the streets below so he, too, can become human. And, to tell the truth, that's about all I remember... except for a quote. Nathaniel Messinger (Dennis Franz) is, also, a fallen angel. And for some reason, he shares a few words of wisdom with Seth...
"Some things are true," he tells him,
whether you believe them or not."
It was those words that came to mind the moment I read the gospel for the week. Especially, as I read verse 16...
"For God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone may not perish
but have eternal life."
What's that? I left out the part about believing? Well, maybe, this is one of those things Nathaniel was talking about! That is true whether or not we believe!
Look! On the mountains the feet of one who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, fulfill your vows, for never again shall the wicked invade you; they are utterly cut off.