Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany—February 9, 2020
Isaiah 58:3-9a / Psalm 112:1-9 / 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) / Matthew 5:13-20
Liturgy Lessons: To highlight the Biblical, Christ-centered nature of our worship, we focus on a different portion of the liturgy Sunday-by-Sunday. Today we review “Appointed Lessons” (Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel).
For your reflection:
- How did God first create? What means did He use? (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 33:6,9) What effect will His proclaimed word have, then, on our worshipping community when we gather to hear it?
- The lectionary is an appointed set of readings recurring every three years according to the liturgical calendar.
- See the front of the hymnal (Lutheran Service Book pg. xiv – xix) for the appointed readings. (We are currently in Epiphany season of Series A.)
- Does such set structure stifle or stimulate faith? Whose life does the liturgical year revolve around? Man or God? Is that hindering or freeing?
“This is called ‘Divine Service’ because in it God serves us His Word and Sacrament. He serves us His gifts, and we thankfully receive.”
Life Quotes: Our Lord glories in hearing humankind’s cries of distress (Isaiah 58:8-9). His salvation prepares us not to hide ourselves from our own flesh (Isaiah 58:7), particularly our gestating children and aging relatives. We need not take refuge in using death as a solution, because Jesus does the hiding for us (1 Corinthians 2:7) – hiding life’s preciousness even behind surprise pregnancies and terminal diagnoses. (Helpful pro-life resources can be found at the Lutherans for Life website— www.lutheransforlife.org)
More Topics, More Guests, More Jesus: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: A Post-Christian View of the Body, The Book of Colossians, The Baptismal Rite, The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Heartland Lutheran: Red and Blue, the Heartland Lutheran High School annual banquet and auction, is Saturday, March 28 at Riverside Country Club in Grand Island. Doors open at 4:30 pm, with silent auction and dinner at 6 pm. This year’s theme is Fire and Ice. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased through the school office Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. If you have questions, please call or email Chief School Administrator Tim Leech at 308-385-3900, email@example.com.