God Will Gather the Outcasts

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First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday August 16, 2020
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 
A house of prayer for all peoples
Psalm 67 
Let all the peoples praise you, O God. (Ps. 67:3)
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 
God’s mercy to all, Jew and Gentile
Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28 
The healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter

Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm

Genesis 45:1-15 
Joseph reconciles with his brothers
Psalm 133 
How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)

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