Lessons and Hymns for Pentecost 2 (Proper 4) C

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

1 Kings 8:22-24, 27-29, 41-43
Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10

Faith Receives Good Gifts from God in the Flesh

There is only one source of life, revealed in only one saving Gospel. Corrupting that Gospel is serious business. Thus, St. Paul is amazed when the Galatians “are turning to a different gospel” (Gal. 1:6–7). He insists that he is not trying to “please man” but be a true “servant of Christ” as he calls down a curse on any “gospel contrary to the one you received” (Gal. 1:9–10), for that Gospel alone saves. It saves as it reveals God, whose kindness is manifested in Christ and who reckons among His people all who share the miraculous faith of the centurion in God’s Son: “Lord … I am not worthy to have you come under my roof … but say the word, and let my servant be healed” (Luke 7:1–10). For indeed, as Solomon admits, “the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27). Nevertheless, in our Lord Jesus’ flesh and blood, He — whose mighty word is faithful to what He promises — comes to us even today in His Eucharist to dwell in us and bring to all who trust His promise the gift of everlasting life.

These are the hymns you will sing:

Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty (LSB 901)
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (LSB 575)
The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace (LSB 580)
Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray (LSB 623)
Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)

NOTE: The liturgy for this Sunday (and following Sundays) is Divine Service, Setting One.

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