Lessons and Hymns for Pentecost 20 C (Proper 22)

These are the Scripture readings you will hear this Sunday:

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 62
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:1-10

We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness

We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3) because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, but “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly, and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).

These are the hymns we will sing:

Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now (LSB 902)
Holy Spirit, Light Divine (LSB 496)
For the Fruits of His Creation (LSB 894)
Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (LSB 685)

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