These are the lessons of the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Out Old Testament Readings continue to follow God's maintenance of His covenant promises through Jacob despite the lies and deceitful ways of mankind. We praise God for his mindfulness of His covenant for a thousand generations as we read the Psalm. The counsel of the Holy Spirit given to us through Paul's epistle to the church in Rome gives us encouragement in the face of the many trials that assuredly accompany those who love and are loved by Christ in a fallen world. In the gospel reading, Christ speaks to us in parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. He who has ears, let him hear.
May the Lord bless us through the renewing of our minds by the 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
Seed-planting, fish-netting, bread-baking, pearl-hunting God, you shape us into living parables. We pray with the help of your Spirit in us that we may understand our experiences as personal examples of your covenant-keeping love for all who are called according to your purpose. May your kingdom come, and may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen