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LCMS Lectionary Summary
1 Timothy 2:1–15
The Lord Is Rich in His Grace and Mercy
Because God, our Savior, “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), He urges “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim. 2:1). Christians should so pray “without anger or quarreling,” but “adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control” (1 Tim. 2:8, 9). For the Lord does not forget “the poor of the land” (Amos 8:4). He remembers them according to the foolishness of the cross. “For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Though we try to justify ourselves “before men,” God knows our sinful hearts and calls us to repentance (Luke 16:15). Though we are “not strong enough to dig,” and we are “ashamed to beg” (Luke 16:3), He justifies us by His grace and welcomes us into His “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). More shrewd than even “the sons of this world” (Luke 16:8), He requires His stewards of the Gospel to bestow forgiveness freely.
We are continuing to use Divine Service, Setting 4, which is a contemporary setting of the historic liturgy. The great songs of the Divine Service (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) are hymn paraphrases composed by Rev. Stephen Starke.
Our entrance rite will begin with Psalm 113. The Gradual is a seasonal verse and will separate the Old Testament Reading from the Epistle. The Common Alleluia and Verse from John 20:31 will prepare us to hear the Holy Gospel.
This week we will also have a Rite of Installation for our Deaconess field work students from Concordia University Chicago.
The communion liturgy of Setting 4 also includes a seasonal prayer of thanksgiving. This week the prayer reads:
In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.
Hymns this week will focus on vocation, especially the vocations that God gives to the women of His church, following the Epistle Reading.
The hymn numbers are for Lutheran Service Book (LSB).