Unhappy Business

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, August 4th
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.

Readings and Psalm

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
Search out wisdom, for all is vanity
Psalm 49:1-12
My mouth shall speak of wisdom. (Ps. 49:3)
Colossians 3:1-11
Clothed in Christ, your life is hidden with him in God
Luke 12:13-21
Jesus says: Be on guard against greed; be rich toward God, your treasure