Lessons and Hymns for Pentecost 18 C (Proper 20)

These are the Scripture lessons you will hear this coming Sunday:

Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
1 Timothy 2:1-15
Luke 16:1-15

The Lord Is Rich in His Grace and Mercy

Because God our Savior “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), He urges “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim. 2:1). Christians should so pray “without anger or quarreling,” but “adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control” (1 Tim. 2:8, 9). For the Lord does not forget “the poor of the land” (Amos 8:4). He remembers them according to the foolishness of the cross. “For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Though we try to justify ourselves “before men,” God knows our sinful hearts and calls us to repentance (Luke 16:15). Though we are “not strong enough to dig” and are “ashamed to beg” (Luke 16:3), He justifies us by His grace and welcomes us into His “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). More shrewd than even “the sons of this world” (Luke 16:8), He requires His stewards of the Gospel to bestow forgiveness freely.

These are the hymns we will sing:

Awake, My Soul, and With the Sun (LSB 868)
Seek Where You May to Find a Way (LSB 557)
Praise to You and Adoration (LSB 692)
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (LSB 793)

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