12th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary 23 September 4, 2011 Matthew 18:15-20, Ezekiel 33: 7-11, Romans 13:8-14 In case any of you wanted to romanticize what it means to be the church, today’s readings ought to wake you up. The word to the prophet says that if you don’t speak the truth to those who need […]
The Gospel reading is at the center of our worship as it is Jesus, God’s Word, among us. We rise, we greet his words with singing, we pause to hear his words interpreted by the preacher. We hear God’s word as Law which convicts us, and Gospel which assures us of God’s forgiveness and love.