Monday, September 28, 2009

Time in the Word Pentecost 18 - Proper 22

Sunday’s Theme is God’s intentions for the Family. The lessons deal with home, marriage, divorce, and children. The Gospel considers Jesus’ position on divorce and His attitude toward children. The Old Testament lesson fits into the Gospel with its account of Eve’s creation and the relationship between husband and wife. The Psalm for the week concerns a God-fearing person’s blessing of a fruitful wife, children and grandchildren. The Hymn of the Day is a prayer to the Lord to bless the home and family.

Collect for Proper 22Merciful Father, Your patience and loving-kindness toward us have no end. Gant that by Your Holy Spirit we may always think and do those things that are pleasing in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Monday, 28 September 2009Psalm 127:3-5, Antiphon, Psalm 127:1a – Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. In keeping with the theme of the week, God’s intention for family the psalmist gives us a timeless truth. Unless the Lord is the center of all that we do, unless the Lord builds the house all of our efforts are in vain. The house in essence becomes a house of cards. May Jesus Christ be the ever present yet unseen guest in each of our homes.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009Psalm 128; key verse v1Blessed are all who fear the Lord. Psalm 128 speaks of the blessedness of the godly man, another word for wisdom concerning health and home. The concluding benediction suggests that the psalm originally served as a priestly word of instruction to those assembled from their homes to worship in Jerusalem. The main body of the psalm is found in verses 1-4.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009Genesis 2:18-25 – God intends husbands and wives to be one. God creates woman as man’s helper and companion. This lesson is part of the Lord’s account of creation beginning with 2:4. It is the earlier of the two accounts. According to this account, man is created first, then the animals, etc and finally woman. The animals were not a suitable helper for Adam, and consequently Eve was created. Why the rib? It’s closest the man’s heart. After her creation from his rib, Adam recognizes her as an equal part of him (v.23). She is recognized as a fellow human with equal dignity and worth. Because of the creation of man and woman, marriage is one of the orders of creation in which the two become an entity of one flesh. Flesh her is more than physical; it refers to the whole person.

Thursday, 01 October 2009Hebrew 2:1-13, (14-18) – God intends the family of humankind to be a family in Christ. By the grace of God, Jesus became a man who because perfect through suffering and died for all. Today’s Epistle reading is the first in a series of passages from Hebrews. The author if Hebrews is facing the situation of the church’s waning faith, probably because of the delay of Christ’s return. To stimulate their faith, he writes the epistle of Hebrews.
Today’s reading deals with the event of Christ’s incarnation leading to His suffering and death for the salvation of humanity. Jesus’ incarnation gave Him solidarity with humankind in order to save it. At present we do not see Christ’s lordship over everything, but we do see Him (v.9). His atoning death created a oneness of Christ and His followers whom He calls “brethren” (v.11). In comparison with the Old Testament lesson, humans are created and re-created by redemption.

Friday, 02 October 2009Mark 10:2-16 – God intends marriage to be lifelong. Sunday’s Gospel deals with two accounts: marriage/divorce and Jesus’ love of children. In regard to marriage and divorce, Mark has Jesus take the position that neither husband nor wife should get a divorce. For the Pharisees divorce is a legal latter: for Jesus it is a divine matter – not what is legal but what is right. Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees that the legal right to get a divorce was due to a human’s sinfulness, but this was contrary to God’s intention that marriage is permanent. To substantiate this, Jesus refers twice to the creation account. The Gospel continues with an account of Jesus receiving little children, for marriage and children go together. Jesus urges that children should be brought to Him and teaches that one should receive the kingdom of God as a child in terms of openness and receptivity.

Saturday, 03 October 2009Joshua 24:15b; Ephesians 6:4; Luke 2:41-52; 10:38-42 - Sunday’s hymn of the day is Oh, Blest the House. (LSB 862) This is an appropriate hymn as it deals with the Christian home. May the Lord bless not only our Friedheim St. John and Zion families but each and every individual family of our congregations. Taking the lead from Joshua, “as for me and my house we shall serve the Lord!” May the Lord bless each of us as Christ remains at the center of our homes.

Prayers from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 and Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House and from Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House.
Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use
Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B – John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing, Lima, OH

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