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Living the Lectionary 16th Sunday After Pentecost

Living the Lectionary 16th Sunday After Pentecost

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

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Published by: Jay Winters on Sep 27, 2011
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Living
the Lectionary16
th
Sunday AfterPentecost
Season: Pentecost Week of October 2
nd 
 Will You Go?: It isn’t easy 
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:
Following God’s mission isn’tan easy thing to do. Jesus warns us time and time
 
again that His people will be met with resistance andpersecution because He was met with resistance andpersecution. This Sunday we look into some of theBible verses that describe how our suffering and Jesus’ suffering fit together.
Reflecting on the Readings:
Isaiah 5:1-7
– Injustice isn’t easy – Isaiahdescribes how God Himself bemoans theinjustice that his people inflict on one another.Where and when have you expected justice butfound bloodshed?
Psalm 80
– Restoration isn’t easy – ThePsalmist Asaph cries out to God for therestoration of His people, echoing the words of Isaiah from the OT reading. What do you feel isdifficult about being restored to God and yourneighbor?
Philippians 3:4-14
– Righteousness isn’t easy- The church at Philippi hears that even Paulhas not even attained full righteousness butcontinues to strive. Do you feel that you haveobtained all the righteousness you shouldhave?
Matthew 21:33-46
– Following God isn’t easy– Jesus tells a parable about how God’s peoplehave routinely been killed and persecuted forfollowing His will and working in His vineyard.Are you put off when God calls you tosomething difficult?
Law and Gospel:
Law
: Righteousness, the perfect actions andthoughts we are called to by God, is so difficultfor us that it is impossible. To add to this, thesinful world will attack us when we do live outthat righteousness. We need a Savior who willtake the attacks and live the life we couldn’t.

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