This is the 5th Sunday after Pentecost. Within this Sunday's lessons in the Old Testament and the Psalm we see foreshadows of the new covenant between Christ and His church through God's active love reflected in the gift of marriage. The two lessons from the New Testament also reflect divine unity through Law and Gospel. Divided against ourselves, we identify with Paul in the epistle as he cries out to God with a desire to behave as the faithful bride of Christ worthy of the salvation that we have received. Then Christ speaks to us in His gospel, fully aware of our dilemma and need, and offers us rescue in Himself. Just as the servant of Abraham, Christ seeks us out to bring us into the house of His Father and Master, that we may receive both riches and rest. May God bless you in this reading of His Word.
A Reading from the Old TEstament
A Reading from the Psalms
A Reading from the Epistles
A Reading from the Gospel
God of salvation, whose servants have delivered your good news from times long past, with amazing grace you have sent your own Son, Jesus, to seek out and save the lost by taking us for your own. We give thanks to you for your tender compassion for our weaknesses as you shoulder our burdens and ease our heavy hearts while your Holy Spirit strengthens us in the battle of our daily sanctification. Teach us to love one another as you have loved us. Amen.
A Spiritual Song