Lessons and Hymns for Epiphany 5 A

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

Isaiah 58:3-9a
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20

To read the above lessons and the propers for this Sunday, please click here.

The Righteousness of Christ

Jesus warns that “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20), but He also calls His imperfect people “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:13, 14). That’s because the Lord Jesus came not to abolish the Law or the prophets, “but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17) in perfect faith and love. Since He does and teaches all of God’s commandments, He is “called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). God manifests His “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” in “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2–4), and through the preaching of the Gospel He gives His “secret and hidden wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:7). Christ gives this perfect righteousness to His people, and it leads them to true fasting, which is “to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free” (Is. 58:6) and “to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house” (Is. 58:7).

These are the hymns we will sing:

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (LSB 873)
May We Thy Precepts, Lord, Fulfill (LSB 698)
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (LSB 398)
Drawn to the Cross, Which Thou Hast Blessed (LSB 560)
Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways (LSB 707)

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