Greetings in Christ,
Bad is not good. Let’s make that clear. …we’ll deal more with that in next week’s Midweek Meditation.
However, in Christ, we fear no evil.
This weekend Pastor Troup is preaching on the Old Testament lesson where Joseph is reconciled with his brothers. His brothers sold him into slavery and yet all of those years later when confronted with them he forgives them and acknowledges that all of the bad things that happened to him were, ultimately, used to the glory of God.
As you prepare for the Divine Service this weekend, you can take a look at the Service Folder to find the readings, prayers, and other parts of the service that will help to guide your reflection and prayer.
You can dig deeper into the parts of this weekend’s service with this segment from Issues, Etc.
Here’s the Lectionary Summary for the upcoming weekend that ties the themes of the weekend together:
As the Son of God Is Merciful and Forgives Your Sins, You Also Be Merciful and Forgive
Your inheritance as a child of Adam is sin and death, but in Christ you are made alive through His resurrection from the dead (1 Cor. 15:21–22). As you have died with Him in Holy Baptism, so are you raised with Him to newness of life. Therefore, “do not go on sinning” (1 Cor. 15:34). Instead of serving your desires and harming your neighbors, live as “sons of the Most High,” and “be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35–36). Deal with others as you would have others deal with you (Luke 6:31, 37–38). As Christ loved you when you were at enmity with Him, as He blessed and prayed for those who abused Him, and as He did good to those who hated Him and hurt Him, so also “love your enemies, do good” (Luke 6:27–29, 35). For God sent His Son to bear the cross and suffer death, not to condemn the guilty, but “to preserve life.” So does He provide a place for you within His Church, where He is near and deals kindly with “you and your children and your children’s children” (Gen. 45:5–10).
If you weren’t able to join us for service last week, you can catch up now.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Blessings on your day!