God’s Boundless Mercy

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First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday September 13, 2020
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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In today’s second reading Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God. Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus’ challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times reveals God’s boundless mercy. When we hear the words of forgiveness in worship and sign ourselves with the cross, we are renewed in baptism to be signs of reconciliation in the world.

Readings and Psalm

Genesis 50:15-21 
Joseph reconciles with his brothers
Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13 
Lord, you are full of compassion and mercy. (Ps. 103:8)
Romans 14:1-12 
Accepting diversity in the community of faith
Matthew 18:21-35 
A parable of forgiveness in the community of faith

Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm

Exodus 14:19-31 
Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea
Psalm 114 
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord. (Ps. 114:7)
Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 (alternate)
I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously. (Ex. 15:1)

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