Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, 3 September, 2017

Old Testament: Jeremiah 15:15-21

Epistle: Romans 12:9-21

Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28

The Theme of Today’s Liturgy What a difference a week makes!  In last week’s Gospel reading Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ; in today’s reading Peter is rebuked because he takes the side of man instead of the side of God (Gospel).  Jesus willingly placed himself on the cross for our sins and calls us to patiently bear our own trials, trusting in His great mercy for assurance of our salvation (Gospel, Collect).  The atonement of Christ Jesus was indeed necessary for us sinners who on our own could not withstand the wrath of God.  Instead his wrath was poured out on his only Son for our sake (Gospel, Epistle).  For those whose trust is in Christ Jesus the Lord will make restoration, he will save and deliver his people (OT).

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).