Third Sunday after Trinity: Jesus Receives SinnersMicah 7:18-20; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; 1 Peter 5:6-11; Luke 15:1-10; Luke 15:11-32; Psalm 103:1-13Memorization Verses:Micah 7:18 There is no God like you.You take away people‘s guilt.1 Timothy 1:14 But our Lord gave me a fullmeasure of his grace. And with that gracecame the faith and love that are in ChristJesus.1 Peter 5:6 So be humble under God‘spowerful hand. Then he will lift you upwhen the right time comes.Luke 15:2 ―Look, this man[a] welcomessinners and even eats with them!‖Luke 15:21 Your brother was dead, but nowhe is alive. He was lost, but now he isfound.‘‖Psalm 103:2 My soul, praise the LORDand never forget how kind he is!
How do you imagine Jesus ―hanging outwith sinners‖ if he came today?
Use your prayer notes. Use a verse from thebible to reflect on. Pray for sinners. P raiseR epentanceA ppreciationY ouE veryoneR esolveLet us pray for the wholepeople of God in Christ Jesusand for all people according totheir needs.Heavenly Father, everlastingGod, by Your Son‘s blood Youransomed people from everytribe and language and peopleand nation. Send servants ofYour Word to proclaim thisgood news throughout theworld, that many may begathered into Your family andYour Church may increase.Lord, in Your mercy, hear ourprayer.Almighty God, in lovingkindness you protect anddefend all who call on Yourname. Send your Spirit amongus, that as we wrestle againstthe present darkness of thisworld, we may take up thewhole armor of God, that withprayer and supplication we maystand firm in our faith. Lord, inYour mercy, hear our prayer.King of Kings and Lord ofLords, You alone reign on high.Guide our government and allpublic servants; give themwisdom and courage to act inaccordance with Your will, thattheir work may glorify yourholy name. Lord, in Yourmercy, hear our prayer.
Use your prayer notes. Use a verse from thebible to reflect on. Pray for sinners. P raiseR epentanceA ppreciationY ouE veryoneR esolveFountain and Source of allgoodness, You overflow withmercy and grace. Help us torecognize our need of aSavior, that with repentant heartswe may return to our baptismalcovenant and receive theEucharist in a salutary manner.Lord, in Your mercy, hear ourprayer.Loving Father, we thank you forgraciously adopting us, that wemay be called children of God.Today we also thank You forproviding earthly Fathers to loveand care for us. Bless them andgrant them peace and joy, thatthrough their vocation ourfamilies may grow in lovetoward You and one another.Lord, in Your mercy, hear ourprayer.Blessed Lord, with compassionchildren. Comfort all who aresick andsuffering, [especially, _________]. Keep them in Your tendercare, that in their times of trialthey may look to You and findhope and healing. Lord, in Yourmercy, hear our prayer.Holy Father, Your Son is theresurrection and the life. Wethank you today for all who havefallen asleep in faith inHim, awaiting the joyfulresurrection of their bodies.Bring us to share with them thejoys of Your new heavens andearth. Lord, in Your mercy, hearour prayer.Into Your hands, O Lord, wecommend all for whom wepray, trusting in Yourmercy, through Your Son, JesusChrist, our Lord. Amen.
Micah 7:18-20Praise for the Lord18 There is no God like you.You take away people‘s guilt.God will forgive his people whosurvive.He will not stay angry with themforever,because he enjoys being kind.19 He will come back and comfort usagain.He will throw all our sins into thedeep sea.20 God, please be true to Jacob.Be kind and loyal to Abraham,[a] asyou promised our ancestors long ago
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Micah 7:18-20Praise for the Lord18 There is no God like you.You take away people‘s guilt.God will forgive his people whosurvive.He will not stay angry with themforever,because he enjoys being kind.19 He will come back and comfort usagain.He will throw all our sins into thedeep sea.20 God, please be true to Jacob.Be kind and loyal to Abraham,[a] asyou promised our ancestors long ago.
1 Timothy 1:12-17Thanks for God‘s Mercy12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord becausehe trusted me and gave me this work ofserving him. He gives me strength. 13 Inthe past I insulted Christ. As a proudand violent man, I persecuted hispeople. But God gave me mercybecause I did not know what I wasdoing. I did that before I became abeliever. 14 But our Lord gave me a fullmeasure of his grace. And with thatgrace came the faith and love that are inChrist Jesus.15 Here is a true statement that should beaccepted without question: Christ Jesuscame into the world to save sinners, andI am the worst of them. 16 But I wasgiven mercy so that in me Christ Jesuscould show that he has patience withoutlimit. Christ showed his patience withme, the worst of all sinners. He wantedme to be an example for those whowould believe in him and have eternallife.17 Honor and glory to the King whorules forever. He cannot be destroyedand cannot be seen. Honor and gloryforever and ever to the only God. Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-116 So be humble under God‘s powerful hand.Then he will lift you up when the right timecomes. 7 Give all your worries tohim, because he cares for you.8 Control yourselves and be careful! Thedevil is your enemy, and he goes aroundlike a roaring lion looking for someone toattack and eat. 9 Refuse to follow the devil.Stand strong in your faith. You know thatyour brothers and sisters all over the worldare having the same sufferings that youhave.10 Yes, you will suffer for a short time. Butafter that, God will make everything right.He will make you strong. He will supportyou and keep you from falling. He is theGod who gives all grace. He chose you toshare in his glory in Christ. That glory willcontinue forever. 11 All power is his forever.Amen.
Luke 15:1-10Joy in Heaven15 Many tax collectors and sinners cameto listen to Jesus. 2 Then the Pharisees andthe teachers of the law began tocomplain, ―Look, this man[a] welcomessinners and even eats with them!‖3 Then Jesus told them thisstory: 4 ―Suppose one of you has 100sheep, but one of them gets lost. Whatwill you do? You will leave the other 99sheep there in the field and go out andlook for the lost sheep. You will continueto search for it until you find it. 5 Andwhen you find it, you will be very happy.You will carry it 6 home, go to yourfriends and neighbors and say tothem, ‗Be happy with me because I foundmy lost sheep!‘ 7 In the same way, I tellyou, heaven is a happy place when onesinner decides to change. There is morejoy for that one sinner than for 99 goodpeople who don‘t need to change.8 ―Suppose a woman has ten silvercoins,[b] but she loses one of them. Shewill take a light and clean the house. Shewill look carefully for the coin until shefinds it. 9 And when she finds it, she willcall her friends and neighbors and say tothem, ‗Be happy with me because I havefound the coin that I lost!‘ 10 In the sameway, it‘s a happy time for the angels ofGod when one sinner decides to change.‖
Luke 15:11-32Story About Two Sons11 Then Jesus said, ―There was a man who had twosons. 12 The younger son said to his father, ‗Give menow the part of your property that I am supposed toreceive someday.‘ So the father divided his wealthbetween his two sons.13 ―A few days later the younger son gathered up all thathe had and left. He traveled far away to anothercountry, and there he wasted his money living like afool. 14 After he spent everything he had, there was aterrible famine throughout the country. He was hungryand needed money. 15 So he went and got a job with oneof the people who lived there. The man sent him intothe fields to feed pigs.16 He was so hungry that hewanted to eat the food the pigs were eating. But no onegave him anything.17 ―The son realized that he had been very foolish. Hethought, ‗All my father‘s hired workers have plenty offood. But here I am, almost dead because I havenothing to eat. 18 I will leave and go to my father. I willsay to him: Father, I have sinned against God and havedone wrong to you. 19 I am no longer worthy to becalled your son. But let me be like one of your hiredworkers.‘ 20 So he left and went to his father.The Younger Son Returns―While the son was still a long way off, his father sawhim coming and felt sorry for him. So he ran to him and21no longer worthy to be called your son.‘22 ―But the father said to his servants, ‗Hurry! Bring thebest clothes and put them on him. Also, put a ring onhis finger and good sandals on his feet. 23 And bring ourbest calf and kill it so that we can celebrate with plentyto eat. 24 My son was dead, but now he is alive again!He was lost, but now he is found!‘ So they began tohave a party.The Older Son Complains25 ―The older son had been out in the field. When hecame near the house, he heard the sound of music anddancing. 26 So he called to one of the servant boys andasked, ‗What does all this mean?‘27 The boy said, ‗Yourbrother has come back, and your father killed the bestcalf to eat. He is happy because he has his son back safeand sound.‘28 ―The older son was angry and would not go in to theparty. So his father went out and begged him to comein. 29 But he said to his father, ‗Look, for all these yearsI have worked like a slave for you. I have always donewhat you told me to do, and you never gave me even ayoung goat for a party with my friends. 30 But then thisson of yours comes home after wasting your money onprostitutes, and you kill the best calf for him!‘31 ―His father said to him, ‗Oh, my son, you are alwayswith me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But this wasa day to be happy and celebrate. Your brother wasdead, but now he is alive. He was lost, but now he is
Psalm 103:1-13A song of David.103 My soul, praise the LORD!Every part of me, praise his holy name!2 My soul, praise the LORDand never forget how kind he is!3 He forgives all our sinsand heals all our sicknesses.4 He saves us from the grave,and he gives us love and compassion.5 He gives us plenty of good things.He makes us young again,like an eagle that grows new feathers.6 The LORD does what is fair.He brings justice to all who have beenhurt by others.7 He taught his laws to Moses.He let Israel see the powerful things hecan do.8 The LORD is kind and merciful.He is patient and full of love.9 He does not always criticize.He does not stay angry with us forever.10 We sinned against him,but he didn‘t give us the punishmentwe deserved.11 His love for his followers isas high above us as heaven is above theearth.12 And he has taken our sinsas far away from us as the east is fromthe west.13 The LORD is as kind to his followersas a father is to his children.
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITYMicah 7:18–201 Timothy 1:12–17or 1 Peter 5:6–11Luke 15:1–10or Luke 15:11–32Jesus Receives Sinners―This man receives sinners and eats with them‖ (Luke 15:2). The Pharisees‘ statement ofjudgment against Jesus is in fact a proclamation of Gospel truth. For our God is one whodelights in mercy, who casts all our sins into the depths of the sea through the cross (Micah7:18–20). ―Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners‖ (1 Tim. 1:15). Those who refuse tobe counted as sinners also refuse Jesus who came only for sinners. Those like the older son(Luke 15:11–32), who think they are righteous of themselves, will not join in the heavenlycelebration over the sinner who repents and so remain outside of the Father‘s house. Let ustherefore be on guard against self–righteously trusting in our own merits. ―Humbleyourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exaltyou‖ (1 Peter 5:6). Rejoice that Jesus receives sinners like us and that He still sits at table withus in the Holy Supper, bestowing His forgiveness and life.
Fourth Sunday after Trinity: Christ’s Mercy Is Ours to Showto Others Gen. 50:15-21 The Brothers AreStill Afraid of Joseph Rom. 12:14-21 Give Your Livesto God or Rom. 8:18-23 We Will HaveGlory in the Future Luke 6:36-42 Be Careful AboutCriticizing Others Psalm 138 Lord, I praise youwith all my heart.
Gen. 50:15-21; Rom. 12:14-21; Rom. 8:18-23; Luke6:36-42; Psalm 138Genesis 50:15-21The Brothers Are Still Afraid of Joseph15 After Jacob died, Joseph‘s brothers were worried.They were afraid that Joseph would still be mad atthem for what they had done years before. Theysaid, ―Maybe Joseph still hates us for what wedid.‖ 16 So the brothers sent this message to Joseph:―Before your father died, he told us to give you amessage. 17 He said, ‗Tell Joseph that I beg him toplease forgive his brothers for the bad things they didto him.‘ So now Joseph, we beg you, please forgive usfor the bad things we did to you. We are the servantsof God, the God of your father.‖That message made Joseph very sad, and hecried. 18 His brothers went to him and bowed down infront of him. They said, ―We will be your servants.‖19 Then Joseph said to them, ―Don‘t be afraid. I am notGod! I have no right to punish you. 20 It is true thatyou planned to do something bad to me. Butreally, God was planning good things. God‘s plan wasto use me to save the lives of many people. And that iswhat happened. 21 So don‘t be afraid. I will take careof you and your children.‖ And so Joseph said kindthings to his brothers, and this made them feel better.Romans 12:14-2114 Wish only good for those who treat you badly. AskGod to bless them, not curse them. 15 When others arehappy, you should be happy with them. And whenothers are sad, you should be sad too.16 Live togetherin peace with each other. Don‘t be proud, but bewilling to be friends with people who are notimportant to others. Don‘t think of yourself as smarterthan everyone else.17 If someone does you wrong, don‘t try to pay themback by hurting them. Try to do what everyone thinksis right. 18 Do the best you can to live in peace witheveryone. 19 My friends, don‘t try to punish anyonewho does wrong to you. Wait for God to punish themwith his anger. In the Scriptures the Lord says,―I am the one who punishes;I will pay people back.‖20 But you should do this:―If you have enemies who are hungry,give them something to eat.If you have enemies who are thirsty,give them something to drink.In doing this you will make them feel ashamed.[a]‖21 Don‘t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doinggood.Romans 8:18-23We Will Have Glory in the Future18 We have sufferings now, but these are nothingcompared to the great glory that will be given tous. 19 Everything that God made is waiting withexcitement for the time when he will show the worldwho his children are. The whole world wants verymuch for that to happen. 20 Everything God made wasallowed to become like something that cannot fulfillits purpose. That was not its choice, but God made ithappen with this hope in view: 21 That the creationwould be made free from ruin—that everything Godmade would have the same freedom and glory thatbelong to God‘s children.22 We know that everything God made has beenwaiting until now in pain like a woman ready to givebirth to a child. 23 Not only the world, but we also havebeen waiting with pain inside us. We have the Spirit asthe first part of God‘s promise. So we are waiting forGod to finish making us his own children. I mean weare waiting for our bodies to be made free.Luke 6:36-42)36 Give love and mercy the same as your Father giveslove and mercy.Be Careful About Criticizing Others37 ―Don‘t judge others, and God will not judge you.Don‘t condemn others, and you will not becondemned. Forgive others, and you will beforgiven. 38 Give to others, and you will receive. Youwill be given much. It will be poured into yourhands—more than you can hold. You will be given somuch that it will spill into your lap. The way you giveto others is the way God will give to you.‖39 Jesus told them this story: ―Can a blind man leadanother blind man? No. Both of them will fall into aditch. 40 Students are not better than their teacher. Butwhen they have been fully taught, they will be liketheir teacher.41 ―Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is inyour friend‘s eye, but you don‘t see the big piece ofwood that is in your own eye? 42 You say to yourfriend, ‗Let me get that little piece of dust out of youreye.‘ Why do you say this? Can‘t you see that bigpiece of wood in your own eye? You are a hypocrite.First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then youwill see clearly to get the dust out of your friend‘s eye.Psalm 138A song of David.138 LORD, I praise you with all my heart.I sing songs of praise to you before the gods.2 I bow down toward your holy Temple,and I praise your name for your love and loyalty.You are famous,and doing what you promised will make you evenmore famous!3 When I called to you for help,you answered me and gave me strength.4 LORD, all the kings on earth will praise youwhen they hear what you say.5 They will sing about what the LORD has done,because the glory of the LORD is very great.6 The LORD has the highest place above all others,but he still cares for the humble.Even from there, so high above,he knows what the proud do.7 If I am in trouble, you keep me alive.If my enemies are angry, you save me from them.8 LORD, I know you will do what you have promised.LORD, your faithful love will last forever.You are the one who made us, so don‘t leave us!