Monday, October 18, 2010

Daily Readings for Octobr 24-30,2010

Daily Readings for Octobr 24-30,2010

October 24 Deut 25:17—26:19; Matt 17:1–13
October 25 Deut 27:1–26; Matt 17:14–27
October 26 Deut 28:1–22; Matt 18:1–20
October 27 Deut 29:1–29; Matt 18:21–35
October 28 (St Simon & St Jude) Deut 30:1–20; Matt 19:1–15
October 29 Deut 31:1–29; Matt 19:16–30
October 30 Deut 31:30—32:27; Matt 20:1–16


Collect: O Lord God, heavenly Father, pour out, we implore You, Your Holy Spirit upon Your faithful people, keep them steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all enemies of Your Word, and bestow upon Christ's Church Militant Your saving peace; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Epistle: Revelation 14:6–7
Holy Gospel: Matthew 11:12–15 or John 8:31–36

Daily Readings for October 17-23, 2010

Daily Readings for October 17-23, 2010

October 17 Deut 15:19—16:22, Matt 13:44–58
October 18 Deut 17:1–20,Matt 14:1–21
October 19 Deut 18:1–22,Matt 14:22–36
October 20 Deut 19:1–20, Matt 15:1–20
October 21 Deut 20:1–20, Matt 15:21–39
October 22 Deut 21:1–23,Matt 16:1–12
October 23 Deut 24:10—25:10,Matt 16:13–28


“‘Let there be light.’ And there was light” (Gen 1:1–2:3). The Father speaks, and it is so. His Word accomplishes what it says. He created all things out of nothing through His Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father’s creative Word became flesh in Jesus Christ, that He might restore fallen creation and save fallen man. To the nobleman whose son was deathly ill, Jesus says, “Go your way; your son lives” (John 4:46–54). And in the very hour Jesus spoke, the nobleman’s son was made well. The Word of Christ still accomplishes what it says. In baptism, absolution, and the Lord’s Supper, He declares His life–giving forgiveness to you, and it is so. This saving Word of God is the sword of the Spirit by which you are able to fight off all the onslaughts of the devil (Eph. 6:10–17). “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Collect: Lord, we implore You to keep Your household the Church in continual godliness, that through Your protection she may be free from all adversities and devoutly given to serve You in good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: Genesis 1:1–2:3
Epistle: Ephesians 6:10–17
Holy Gospel: John 4:46–54

October 16-17 Trinity 20 Sermon

October 16 – 17, 2010
Trinity 20
Matthew 22:1-14
“The Great Wedding Banquet”

In the name of the Father and the + Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

When the King puts together a wedding banquet for His Son - He does not do it just willy-nilly. He did not even do it in ways we would expect Kings and Queens of our day to party. Not even comparable to a State Dinner at the White House. When the Kingdom of God is at hand - only the best is prepared, the greatest offered. And the banquet is prepared not by wedding planners, mother-in-laws, or even the bride to be. A great day- not to end the festivities, but to begin them. So the King sent His servants to those who had been invited to the banquet. My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet. But those invited paid no attention. They went off - one to his field and another to his business. The invitation was sent. My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet. But they seized the servants, mistreated them and killed them. So the invitation is sent again. It doesn´t come in your mail comes like it has always come...the King sends His servant and in your hearing the invitation is delivered. Come you who are wearied and burdened, the Lamb has been slain for the forgiveness of all your sins, everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.

But men still refuse His invitation. When the precious gospel is expounded, the world plays its little game, becoming worse than it was before, as everybody is busy with their own affairs -- “one to his field, another to his business.” All kinds of grief are given to his servants that bring the Gospel as the guests scorn the wonderful banquet...and so the invitation to the greatest banquet ever -- is rejected.

They hate the king and want to rule themselves. They embrace hell with affection, and don´t even believe the invitations are real and genuine. They´re afraid of change, afraid to risk anything, afraid of their sins being brought out into the light for all to see. If they refuse the invitation no one will detect their spot, their blemishes will go unnoticed and no one will see the hole in their jeans. That is because the Word of God is a threat to us all. The Gospel changes things, breaks hearts and changes minds. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent.

Yet despite the rejection...the beds have been made, the oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and the wedding clothes are all ironed and waiting. So more servants are sent. The Gospel is preached...but what happened? God calls them to a position of weakness and vulnerability, of faith in things that they cannot see. And what they do see...a man on a cross, his followers persecuted and martyred, poverty and hunger...those things they don´t like. And so rejecting the invitation once again, they run for the cover of darkness, swinging the sword of a tongue full of hate, and embracing the chains of Satan that give them their fake sense of security. How deeply the King is grieved! “He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.” Repent!

The wedding is ready and the King will have his wedding hall full. More servants preach the invitation and through his Holy Spirit the Gospel is extended. “The servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad.” It is a delight for the king to not only wash the feet of his guests, but they are given a bath...clothed with righteousness - wedding clothes. Dear Christians, you have been found and restored, forgiven and cleansed, filled with joy.

The Lamb of God has been slain for the forgiveness of your sins, everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet. The Word of God´s Son removes your heart of stone and gives you a beating heart of flesh. The Gospel comes to you. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, hangs upon the cross to supply the waters that make you clean. It is His blood that fills the basin and coming up from that bath of everlasting life a robe of white awaits you. As you enter now into that sacred wedding banquet, God counts you righteous, dressed in the perfect clothes… Christ covers you. He restores and refreshes. The King loves you...he has given everything for you. And his only Son is yours. The King gave him up only for you. And so upon a cross, the Son of the King hangs. His blood your drink, his body your food. He suffers, he dies, and he comes again in life... in your place. The King sends his servants to declare that you are forgiven, holy, and righteous. You wear the white robe - a mark of the King and a sign of your belonging to him, which you did not earn and could not buy. You are his.

Everything is given to you. Satan will still attack, for the way of the cross is just that...a way, a journey - but God has given you stops along the way to nourish you and to give you rest. It is here that you are forgiven, by preached Word and Wedding banquet food, the body and blood of Christ, your Groom. For this wedding banquet that has been prepared by the King is prepared for is your day! Rejoice in the Lord always, for the time has come and Christ the Lord now says to you... “I will... I will take you to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, death will not ever part us, it has no victory, it has no sting...and I pledge you my faithfulness.”

In + Jesus Name. Amen