Saturday, July 23, 2011

Daily Readings for July 31-August 6, 2011

NEXT WEEKS LESSONS: The Seventh Sunday After Trinity

In the Garden of Eden, our first parents received food freely from the gracious hand of God apart from any burdensome work (Genesis 2:7–17). But after the fall, food would be received only through toil and labor. The curse declared, “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground.” In other words, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:19–23). But into this wilderness world came Jesus the Messiah to restore creation. Having compassion on the weary multitudes, He renewed the bounty of Eden on the third day, freely granting an abundance of bread to the 4000 (Mark 8:1–9). So also our Lord Jesus, having endured the burden of our sin, was raised on the third day to bring us back to Paradise. He now miraculously turns the bread of death into the Bread of Life in the Sacrament, giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness. For “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Collect: O God, whose never-failing providence orders all things both in heaven and earth, we humbly implore You to put away from us all hurtful things and give to us those things that be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord . Amen.

Old Testament: Genesis 2:7–17
Epistle: Romans 6:19–23
Holy Gospel: Mark 8:1–9

Readings for the Week of Sixth Sunday after Trinity July 17-23, 2011
July 31                  The Righteousness that Exceeds—Matthew 5:17-26
                                                Judges 15:1—16:3; Galatians 3:23–4:11
August 1                                   The Rich Young Ruler—Luke 18:18-34
                                                          Judges 16:4-30; Galatians 4:12-31
August 2                        Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus—Luke 18:35-43
                                                          1 Samuel 1:1-20; Galatians 5:1-26
August 3                 Jesus Comes to Zacchaeus’s House—Luke 19:1-10
                                                  1 Samuel 1:21—2:17; Galatians 6:1-18
August 4                               The Parable of the Minas—Luke 19:11-28
                                                           1 Samuel 2:18-36; Acts 15:22-41
August 5         The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers—Luke 20:1-19
                                                               1 Samuel 3:1-21; Acts 16:1-22
August 6                                                                     Sunday’s readings
                                      Genesis 2:7–17; Romans 6:19–23; Mark 8:1–9

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