I am finally beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel in terms of unpacking and organizing my office and things at home. Since I am officially now the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Holiday Island AR, it is appropriate that I get my act together. Therefore, I am ready to resume posting the Scripture lessons and hymns for the upcoming Sunday. For the liturgy we are using a modified form of Setting One from Lutheran Service Book.
These are the Scripture readings you will hear this Sunday:
Delivered from Sin and Death, You Now Live before God in the Righteousness of Christ
The outcome of sin is death, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). He has set you free from the slavery of sin and has brought you “from death to life” (Rom. 6:13). No longer are you under the condemnation of the Law, but you live “under grace” (Rom. 6:14). Such is your courage in the face of “those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matt. 10:28). For though “you will be hated by all,” and maligned by the world for the name of Christ (Matt. 10:22, 25), you abide in the care of your Father in heaven, who numbers “even the hairs of your head” and values you more “than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:30–31). By the Word of Christ, you have become like Him, your Teacher and Master in whom you endure to the end, and “will be saved” (Matt. 10:22, 25). For He is with you “as a dread warrior,” who has overcome your enemies (Jer. 20:11). By the righteousness of faith, He delivers your heart, mind, body and life “from the hand of evildoers,” and He brings you into the land of the living (Jer. 20:12–13).
These are the hymns we will sing:
If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee (LSB 750:1-4)
Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (LSB 685)
If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee (LSB 750:5-7)