Lessons and Hymns for Pentecost 17 A (Proper 22)

These are the Scripture readings you will here this coming Sunday:

Isaiah 5:1-7
Philippians 3: 4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

The True Vine Redeems the Vineyard of the Lord of Hosts

“The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel” (Is 5:7), which He planted “on a very fertile hill” (Is. 5:1). He did everything for His vineyard, not only clearing it of stones and planting it with “choice vines,” but also building the “watchtower” of His prophets and hewing out the “wine vat” of His priesthood in its midst (Is. 5:2). But when “he looked for it to yield grapes,” there were only “wild grapes” of bloodshed and unrighteousness (Is. 5:2, 7). The Lord Jesus likewise described the unfaithfulness of those who were called to care for His vineyard (Matt. 21:33–35). But in this He also describes His cross and Passion (Matt. 21:38–39), by which He has redeemed the vineyard for Himself. He is the true Vine, planted by death into the ground, and in His resurrection He brings forth “the fruits in their seasons” (Matt. 21:41). Among those good grapes of the true Vine is the apostle Paul. Once a zealous persecutor of the Church, he “suffered the loss of all things” in order to “gain Christ and be found in him,” to “know him and the power of his resurrection” (Phil. 3:8–10).

These are the hymns we will sing:

Christ Be My Leader (LSB 861)
God Loved the World So That He Gave (LSB 571)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (LSB 425)
Fight the Good Fight (LSB 664)

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