First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday August 16, 2020
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
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
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
Joseph reconciles with his brothers
How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)
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