Lessons and Hymns for Epiphany 4 A

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

Micah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12

God Manifests His Glory in the Humility and Weakness of Christ Crucified

The Lord tells His people, “I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery” (Micah 6:4). By the sacrifice of His beloved Son, He has redeemed us from our slavery of sin and death; He has forgiven our transgressions by the shedding of His blood. His great mercy and salvation lead us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly” with our God (Micah 6:8). We boast only in the incarnate and crucified Lord Jesus. He is “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24). He is our life and salvation, our “wisdom” and “righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). Now He opens His mouth and teaches us His wisdom. By His cross and Passion, the kingdom of heaven is ours. We receive mercy and are satisfied; we see God and are called sons of God in Christ. “Blessed are you,” therefore, “when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely” on account of Christ (Matt. 5:11).

These are the hymns we will sing:

Son of God, Eternal Savior (LSB 842)
Blest Be the Tie That Binds (LSB 649)
O Living Bread from Heaven (LSB 642)
Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings (LSB 782)
As with Gladness, Men of Old (LSB 397)

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