Bible Readings for Sunday 6/18/17

We are now entering into the longest season of the Church year, the season of Pentecost, when we look closely at Jesus’ earthly ministry, and of God’s actions throughout the Bible.

The First Reading is recorded in Exodus 19:2-8a. This reading occurs during the Exodus from Egypt as the people of Israel came to Mt. Sinai. Notice that the words of God begin with what He did to rescue them from Egypt, and then God’s call to the people to follow Him in all things, keeping the covenant He established with them. The same is true in our lives, the Lord establishes His covenant with us, and then calls us to live as He people.
Rescuing Lord, we thank and praise You that You rescue us from sin, death, and the devil in Your Son Jesus. As You have rescued us, and as You now call us to follow You, empower us by Your Holy Spirit to be disciples of Jesus in all we say and do. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s psalm, Psalm 100, is a great psalm of thanksgiving. Let us join in singing praise to the Lord!
Good and gracious Lord, Your steadfast love endures forever, and Your faithfulness extends to all generations. We give You thanks and praise for Your goodness, for making us Your sheep, and for giving us the privilege of worshipping You. Amen.

The Second Reading is found in Romans, 5:6-15. Where does our salvation begin? With Jesus and with what He has done for us. It is Jesus Who reconciles us to God, it is Jesus Who brings us into God’s presence, it is Jesus Who turns us from enemies to those who have been reconciled with God. Notice that we receive the free gift and the grace of Jesus, Who overcomes our sins in His death and resurrection.
Holy Lord Jesus, all thanks and praise to You for doing what was needed to redeem us and to turn us from enemies of God to those who are reconciled to Him through Your death and resurrection. Enable us to live as the reconciled with God, and enable us to share Your reconciliation with others. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

The Gospel is recorded in Matthew 9:35-38; 10:1-20. Notice what Jesus’ ministry consisted of: preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God and helping people in their needs. The needs are great, and Jesus urges us to pray that there would be those who reach out to meet the needs of people, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. We are those who, like His first disciples, are called to reach out with His love to all in need. Let us be faithful in following His call to love and serve others in His Name.
Lord Jesus, thanks and praise to You for preaching and helping people in their needs, especially for reconciling us to God and to each other. Empower us by Your Spirit to reach out to others with Your Gospel of salvation and to help them in their needs so that they will be drawn to You in faith, hope, and love. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

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