A Great Cloud of Witnesses

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, August 18th
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in the holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 5:1-7
The vineyard of the Lord is destroyed
Psalm 82
Arise, O God, and rule the earth. (Ps. 82:8)
Hebrews 11:29–12:2
The faith of the Hebrew people, a great cloud of witnesses
Luke 12:49-56
Jesus brings fire on earth and has a baptism with which to be baptized