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Living the Lectionary - 9th Sunday After Pentecost

Living the Lectionary - 9th Sunday After Pentecost

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Published by Jay Winters
A weekly guide to living out the readings of the Lutheran lectionary
A weekly guide to living out the readings of the Lutheran lectionary

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Published by: Jay Winters on Aug 09, 2011
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Living
the Lectionary9
th
Sunday AfterPentecost
Season: Pentecost Week of August 14
th
 What is this Faith?: The Faith to Ask 
About the Season:
The season of Pentecost is aseason of being given the gifts of God for thepurpose of living out His mission on earth as HisBody. It’s color, green, implies the growth of theChurch both personally and as a Body through thework of the Holy Spirit.
About this Sunday:
Sometimes the clearestexample of faith in our lives is our simple willingness
 
and trust to ask God for the good gifts that He givesto those who follow Him. Today, we look at how Godresponds when we take the faith to ask.
Reflecting on the Readings:
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
– You get to ask –God tellsIsaiah that not only will Israel’s people be ableto offer sacrifices and pray, but all people.Have you taken time this week to take youropportunity to ask God for something?
Psalm 67
– Thanks after Asking – This psalm isa thanksgiving song for answered prayers,trusting that He has answered and done thethings we have asked for. Asking and givingthanks are all a part of the same action to God.What have you forgotten to thank God fortoday or this week?
Romans 11:1-2, 29-32
Asking for Mercy - The splicing of this text is unfortunate. Theentire text shows us how it is the greatheritage of God’s people to ask, in faith, formercy. What do the elements of your askingand your experience of being a part of God’speople have to do with one another?
Matthew 15:10-28
– Asking in Faith – Jesusshows us what faith is by showing it displayedin this Canaanite woman who doesn’t have the“right” to ask, but has the faith to ask anyway.What do you not have the right to ask for?
Law and Gospel:
Law
: We don’t have the right to ask God foranything without Jesus. Without Jesus, we haveless rights to God’s good gifts than the dogs do– even though we do act rather entitled most of the time.
Gospel
: Faith is not feeling that you areentitled to God’s grace, but knowing that you

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