Monday, May 19, 2008

Time in the Word - Proper 3

Time in the Word
Obedience to God’s Word
Proper 3
May 19-24 2008

For the remainder of the Pentecost season, we have three independent routes: the Old Testament Lesson, the Epistle Lesson, and Gospel. The Old Testament Lesson deals primarily with the Patriarchs and Moses, the Epistle Lesson with Romans, and the Gospel with Matthew. The Psalm of the day usually harmonizes with the Epistle Lesson; the Prayer and Hymn of the Day with the Gospel. Instead of marking Sundays after Trinity we now deal with Sundays within a given week.

To try to find a unifying theme for the Lessons and Propers would do an injustice to the passages. Pentecost is a wide-open field for preaching because it gives the preacher wide latitude of sources and subjects.

Collect for Proper 3Eternal God, You counsel us not to be anxious about earthly things. Keep alive in us a proper yearning for those heavenly treasures awaiting all who trust in Your mercy, that we may daily rejoice in Your salvation and serve You with constant devotion; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Monday, May 19, 2008Psalm 62:1-2; 11-12 - This is the Psalm portion from which the Introit for next Sunday is taken. The antiphon is taken from verse 8, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him.” This Psalm is an appeal to God for the Lord to uphold him. No other Psalm surpasses it in expression of simple faith in the Lord.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - Isaiah 49:8-16a – These words are quoted by St. Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:2 The background of this verse is probably the year of Jubilee. It was under Joshua that the land had been divided among individual tribes and families. The Messianic servant will be a new Joshua – as well as a new Moses which echo Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and her desert experiences under Moses during the period of the exodus. Isaiah is speaking of the redemptive work of the messiah who will bring about the day of salvation and establish His covenant with His church.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008Romans 1:8-17 –Paul begins his letter to the Romans and as is his custom he begins with a thanksgiving. The Christian must go through Christ not only for requests to god but also to give thanks. By the time Paul writes to the Romans the Gospel has already been spread around the known world. Verses 16-17 will become the theme of the entire book of Romans.

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Matthew 6:24-34 – These words of the Savior are taken from the Sermon on the Mount. In these verses the Savior teaches us not to worry but in every circumstance we commend ourselves to the Lord. [See Sunday’s sermon outline.]

Friday, May 23, 2008Psalm 115:1-8– This Psalm is suggested for next Sunday. The Psalmist praises the Lord, the one true God for His love and faithfulness toward His people. It is composed as a liturgy of praise for the temple worship. In these opening verses the people begin with their praise to the Lord.

Saturday, May 24, 2008Matthew 6:19-34 – Is the inspiration for the hymn “All depends on our possessing“{LSB 732} Taken from our Gospel lesson for tomorrow our sermon hymn reminds us that the Lord not only directs our path but we are to place our complete confidence in Him. Our possessions may possess us if we place our confidence in things and not in the Lord.

A Prayer for humilityO God, You resist the proud and give grace to the humble. Grant us true humility after the likeness of Your only Son that we may never be arrogant and prideful and thus provoke Your wrath but in all lowliness be made partakers of the gifts of Your grace.

A Prayer for renewalAlmighty God, You gave Your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon Himself. Grant that we, Your adopted children by grace, may daily be renewed by Your Holy Spirit.

For Agriculture - Almighty God, You blessed the earth to make it fruitful, bringing forth in abundance whatever is needed for the support of our lives. Prosper; we implore You, the work of farmers, especially in this planting season. Grant them seasonable weather that they may gather in the fruits of the earth and thus proclaim Your goodness. May we see by this noble vocation that by Your aid we are helping to feed the world and cause all who give thanks over their food to treat those who produce it with honor and respect.

A prayer before we study the WordAlmighty God, our heavenly Father, without Your help our labor is useless, and without Your light our search is in vain. Invigorate the study of Your holy Word that, by due diligence and right discernment, we may establish ourselves and others in Your holy faith.

THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL © 1940 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO
LUTHERAN WORSHIP © 1982 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO
LUTHERAN SEVICE BOOK © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO

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