Jesus the Cause of Division

Sunday’s Bulletin

The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today in worship we are surrounded by a great “cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”

Readings and Psalm

  • Jeremiah 23:23-29
    God’s word is like fire, like a hammer that breaks rocks
  • Psalm 82
    Arise, O God, and rule the earth. (Ps. 82:8)
  • Hebrews 11:29–12:2
    The faith of the Hebrew people, a great cloud of witnesses
  • Luke 12:49-56
    Jesus brings fire on earth and has a baptism with which to be baptized

Semicontinuous First Reading and Psalm

  • Isaiah 5:1-7
    The vineyard of the Lord is destroyed
  • Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
    Look down from heaven, O God; behold and tend this vine. (Ps. 80:14, 15)