Lectionary Notes + January 2017
2017 Lectionary + The Gospel of Matthew
For several years, LLC has followed a Four Year Lectionary, first introduced at Concordia Seminary in 2013. With the New Year. beginning 1 January + Sunday of the Epiphany [Observed], we will begin our examination of the Gospel of Matthew as presented by the Four Year Lectionary.
The Gospel of Matthew begins the New Testament canon by emphasizing Jesus as God’s Son and Messiah. This revelation of God is given to us through an emphasis on Jesus’ teaching [parables] so that all who believe would be fully equipped to extend Jesus’s own mission – to save mankind. Of the Gospel, Luther wrote: “A poor man, dead in sin and consigned to hell, can hear nothing more comforting than this precious and tender message.” [AE 35:357-61]
Please join us as we explore the precious and tender message of St Matthew throughout 2017.
Jan 1 Epiphany [Observed] & Numbers 6:22-27 Galatians 3:23-29 Matthew 2:1-12 & Luke 2:21
Circumcision of our Lord Sermon: “The Blessing of Names” + Pastor on Number 6:22-27
God desires relationship with us. The Covenant with the Old Testament Patriarchs established their offspring as chosen people, forever known by the name – The Children of God. The Natal Star established a relationship between God and Gentiles. Circumcision was a mark of the relationship God had with the people of Israel, a mark which named Jesus as one of God’s own. To Jew and Gentile alike, God blesses us with everything He is and has through His name.
Jan 8 Epiphany I Isaiah 42:1-9 Romans 6:1-11 Matthew 3:13-17
Baptism of our Lord Sermon: “Behold!” + Pastor Henry on Matthew 3:17
Who is this man standing in the Jordan River being baptized by the Prophet John? No-one seems to know, and yet they are filled with awe. Join us this week as we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of our Lord with a sermon entitled “Behold!” based on Matthew 3:17
Jan 15 Epiphany II II Kings 6:8-23 I Corinthians 7:17-24 Matthew 4:18-25
Sermon: “Men Fishers” + Pastor Henry on Matthew 4:18-20
Fishing can be a time of relaxation, quietly enjoying the lake or stream, gently bobbing on the ocean’s waves. And then comes the catch – the rod bending, you struggling to bring the fighting fish into the boat. It is that spurt of excitement that makes the outing worthwhile. How much more, then, is it to be fishers of men? Join is this week as Pastor Henry explores this with a sermon based on Matthew 4:18-20, and entitled “Men Fishers.”
Jan 22 Epiphany III Isaiah 60:1-7 I Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:13-20
Sermon: “Nothing is Everything” + Pastor Henry on I Corinthians 2:2
What does St Paul teach is as the center of the Christian’s life and thje Church’s mission? Would you be surprised to know that the answer is death? Come and hear how we are to rejoice in the proclamation of the Christ crucified – and nothing but Christ crucified – in Pastor Henry’s sermon this week, entitled “Nothing is Everything,” based on I Corinthians 2:2.
Jan 29 Epiphany IV Deuteronomy 5:6-22 I Corinthians 1:10-17 Matthew 5:21-42
Sermon: “A Divided Christ” + I Corinthians 1:11-13
Of the United States during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln quoted our Lord in saying, Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls [Luke 11:17. So it is with the Church. Come listen to Pastor Henry’s sermon “A Divided Christ,” calling for unity in the Church and based on I Corinthians 1:11-13.
RB500 + Read Through the Bible
Join others throughout the Atlantic District in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran reformation by reading through the Bibler, beginning October 31, 2016 and ending October 31, 2018
For more information, a list of weekly readings and guide by several Atlantic District pastors, go to: Lutherantools.org