Lessons and Hymns for Pentecost 6 C (Proper 8)

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

1 Kings 19:9b-21
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

Christ’s Messengers Proclaim His Kingdom

When the prophet Elijah became discouraged and despaired of his life, “the word of the Lord came to him” (1 Kings 19:9b) and stood him “on the mount before the Lord” (1 Kings 19:11). The Lord made Himself known to the prophet — not in the impressive power of gale force winds, nor in an earthquake, and nor in the fire, but in “the sound of a low whisper” (1 Kings 19:12). Today God reveals Himself to us through the frail preaching of the Gospel. The Son of Man sends “messengers ahead of him … to make preparations for him” (Luke 9:52). Putting their hand to that plow of preaching, they “go and proclaim the kingdom of God,” and they do not look back (Luke 9:60, 62). What they preach is not the power of the Law with its “yoke of slavery,” but the power of God unto salvation through the Gospel of forgiveness, by which “Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1).

These are the hymns we will sing:

God Himself is Present (LSB 907)
“Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake (LSB 688)
Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good (LSB 819)
Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus (LSB 685)
Spread the Reign of God the Lord (LSB 830)

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