First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday June 21, 2020
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
God does not promise that the path of the disciple will be easy. Jeremiah feels the pain of rejection from those who do not want to hear what he has to say. Jesus declares that his words may bring stark division. Even so, we need not be afraid for God accounts for each hair on our heads. Though we may experience rejection, frustration, division, and death, God’s grace and love make us a new creation each day. Marked with the cross and filled with holy food, we are sent from worship to witness to Christ in the world.
Readings and Psalm
The prophet must speak despite opposition
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18
Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind. (Ps. 69:16)
Buried and raised with Christ by baptism
The cost of discipleship
Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm
The rescue of Hagar and Ishmael
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Have mercy on me; give your strength to your servant. (Ps. 86:16)
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