Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, 10 September, 2017

Old Testament: Ezekiel 33:7-9

Epistle: Romans 13:1-10

Gospel:Matthew 18:1-20

The Theme of Today’s Liturgy The Kingdom of Heaven is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit who shows us a Saviour who stands in our stead and gives us the righteousness of God.  The Kingdom of Heaven is also where God dwells with his people, and through the incarnation of the Son of God we enter into this Kingdom through repentance and the forgiveness of our sins, turning away from temptation and iniquity, having been made holy through the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus (Gospel, OT, Epistle).  This turning is not something we do for ourselves but a gift we receive with the trusting faith of a child.  Even little children are able to have faith through the means of grace! (Gospel)  Having received our place in the Kingdom of Heaven we joyfully give back our praises and thanksgiving as a redeemed kingdom of priests, set aside as Christ’s church for good works (Introit, Epistle).  “In heaven is fixed his dwelling, His rule is over all; O hosts with might excelling With Praise before him fall” (Hymn of the Day).

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