In Preparation…for The Second Sunday After Pentecost 2017

Today we’re going to take a moment to look at the Kyrie that we chant during the liturgy. Kyrie Eleison is Greek for “Lord, Have Mercy!” Kyrie is “Lord” and Eleison is “Have Mercy!” (that’s right, you now know a lick of Greek…Κύριε, ἐλέησον). When we chant this together we’re praying for God’s mercy as we come before him in prayer. We pray for ourselves, for peace, salvation, for the whole world, for unity, and for worship this day as we join together. Enjoy the video and I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Take some time to reflect on the lessons and hymns coming up this weekend. Here’s this week’s folder.

The Lord Our God Saves Us in Love and Cares for Us by the Ministry of His Gospel

The holy Triune God “shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,” ungodly and at enmity with Him, “Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). The incarnate Son has justified us by His blood and reconciled us to His God and Father (Rom. 5:9–10). Whereas sin and death originated with Adam, forgiveness and life abound for all his children “through the one man Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:12–17). As the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, so does He bring us to Himself by the Gospel and make of us “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:6) by our Baptism into Christ. For “all that the Lord has spoken” (Ex. 19:8), Christ has done for us. As He has gone up to God by His cross and resurrection, so does He bring us to the Father in Himself (Ex. 19:3–4). Nor does He leave us “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36), but He sends men with authority “to heal every disease and every affliction” by His forgiveness of sins (Matt. 10:1). In their proclamation, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 10:7).

IssuesEtc… digs deeper into the Second Sunday after Pentecost.