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Living the Lectionary - 18th Sunday After Pentecost

Living the Lectionary - 18th Sunday After Pentecost

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

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Published by: Jay Winters on Oct 11, 2011
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the Lectionary18
Sunday AfterPentecost
Season: Pentecost Week of October 16
 Render Unto God 
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:
 This Sunday’s readings inviteus to consider what of our lives actually belong to us. Jesus paints a dramatic picture wherein the parts of our lives belong either to Caesar and the government
or to God and the Church. The readings beg us toanswer if our lives belong to Christ, if belonging toChrist is a desired or undesired thing.
Reflecting on the Readings:
Isaiah 45:1-7
– God Owns Persia – Isaiahspeaks a startling message to the members of the house of Judah – that God will not usethem, but another group of His created – thenation of Persia. Do you believe that God“owns” even our country’s enemies and canwork through them?
Psalm 96
– Ascribe to the Lord – The Psalmisturges us to “ascribe” to the Lord things likehonor and power. We often hear “ascribe” as afalse action, ascribing something to someonethat is not really theirs. Do you “ascribe” thingsto God that you really believe are His despiteyour ascribing?
I Thessalonians 1:1-10
– Where Credit is Due- Paul renders thanks to God for what He hasdone in Thessalonica. He does not renderthanks to the Thessalonians. Have you takenthe credit for something God has been doing inyou?
Matthew 22:15-22
– Render Unto God – Weoften hear “render unto Caesar”, especiallyaround tax time, but do we forget to renderunto God?
Law and Gospel:
: We are created beings, who like allcreations, are owned by their Creator. Even ourautonomy is not ours, but was created for us asa gift. We misuse this autonomy and our livesare thrust into death and wickedness throughit.

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