First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday October 18, 2020
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
In today’s first reading God uses the Gentile ruler Cyrus to accomplish divine purposes. When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.
Readings and Psalm
An earthly ruler as the instrument of God’s will
Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]
Ascribe to the Lord honor and power. (Ps. 96:7)
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Thanksgiving for the church at Thessalonica
A teaching on giving to the emperor and to God
Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm
The glory of God revealed to Moses
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God. (Ps. 99:5)
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