Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Thursday prior to Proper 7


Galatians 3:23—4:7—St Paul here contrasts the position of a slave and that of an heir. Because of our sin, the Law kept us as slaves.

 We are slaves to our sinful nature, and cannot share in the inheritance from God. Nevertheless, God sent forth His Son to redeem us. He did what we are unable to do: He fulfilled the Law for us. Having been set free from bondage to sin and to the Law, we have been made sons of God, heirs of all His blessings. Eternal life with God is the inheritance in all who are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

It’s easy to see faults in others. Do we find them in ourselves? Self-righteousness makes a person consider one’ self without flaw or error; without responsibility there can be no blame. That’s why we begin each service confessing our sins using the first person personal pronoun “I” “I am poor miserable sinner, confess all of my sins with which I have ever committed.

Any harm or wrong done to our neighbor is ultimately aimed at God; for our offenses are directed to him. Yet with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. Psalm 130:7 

Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 124:8

Prayers for deliverance from sin: We implore You, O Lord, in Your kindness to show us Your great mercy that we may be set free from our sins and rescued from the punishments that we rightfully deserve; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, You desire not the death of a sinner, but rather that we turn from our evil ways and live. Graciously spare us those punishments which we by our sins have deserved, and grant us always to serve You in holiness and pureness of living; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. [2]

Collect for Thursday of Pentecost 2: Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess; Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen [3]  -16 June, 2022

[1] Luther’s Seal, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[2] Prayers for deliverance from sin, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis

[3] Collect for Thursday of Pentecost 2, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church, Vol. II © 1995 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

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