Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, 27 August 2017

Old Testament:  Isaiah 51:1-6

Epistle: Romans 11:33-12:8

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20

The Theme of Today’s Liturgy To confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God who takes away the sins of the world, is to say back to God what he has revealed to us by the Holy Spirit in Word and Sacrament (Gospel, Introit). Our confession is one of faith that is formed through Christ, and only He makes us fit for fellowship just as He did for the disciples (Gospel). The confession “Jesus is the Christ” is the rock upon which the church is built (Hymn of the Day), and thereby the powers of sin, death, and devil are overcome. Having made our confession of faith through the Holy Spirit, we pray for a steadfast walk that leads to eternal life (Collect of the Day).

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