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Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 | PENTECOST
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Old Testament Leviticus 19:9–18
Psalm Psalm 133–134
New Testament Galatians 3:15–22
Gospel Luke 10:23–37


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 | PENTECOST
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
YEAR A

Old Testament Exodus 6:2–8
Old Testament Joshua 4:1–9 (Supplemental)
Psalm Psalm 34
New Testament Romans 11:33–36
New Testament Revelation 7:1–8 (Supplemental)
Gospel Matthew 16:13–20



Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary) (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20
YEAR A

Old Testament Exodus 16:2–15
Psalm Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45 or Psalm 78 (UMH 799)
New Testament Philippians 1:21–30
Gospel Matthew 20:1–16



Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20
YEAR A


Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
Old Testament Exodus 16:2–15
Psalm Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45
or
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
Old Testament Jonah 3:10–4:11
Psalm Psalm 145:1–8

New Testament Philippians 1:21–30
Gospel Matthew 20:1–16



Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME
TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR A

First Reading Isaiah 55:6–9
Response Psalm 145:18a
Psalm Psalm 145:2–3, 8–9, 17–18
Second Reading Philippians 1:20c–24, 27a
Gospel Acclamation Acts 16:14b
Gospel Matthew 20:1–16a


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 | PENTECOST
PROPER 20
YEAR A

Old Testament Isaiah 55:6–9
Psalm Psalm 27:1–9
Epistle Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30
Gospel Matthew 20:1–16



Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Sermon Starters

No One Can Separate Us From God’s Love


Key Verse: Romans 8:31



I. Is God for us?
A. Sometimes we may think that a certain influential person would be willing to help us anytime, but then in a time of need we discover this is not true.
B. Our assurance of God’s love, on the other hand, is dependent upon our relationship with Him and knowledge of His faithfulness. If we are strangers to Him, then we will resent any interference in our lives. But if He is our Father, we will desire to be close to Him. If God seems to be far away, it is because we have moved away from Him and not vice versa. We must remain in fellowship with God in order to realize His faithfulness to us.
C. In Romans 8:31 the phrase “If God be for us” is poorly translated. The particle ei does not provide for a supposition, but for a certainty. It is not a condition, but a conclusion. It should really read, “since God is for us.” Because it is certain that God is for us, the …

NEAR TO THE HEART OF GOD

September 18


NEAR TO THE HEART OF GOD
Words and Music by Cleland B. McAfee, 1866–1944
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy. (Psalm 94:19)
O Thou who dry’st the mourner’s tears! How dark this world would be,
If, when deceived and wounded here, we could not fly to Thee.
—Thomas Moore
Life is often filled with unexpected problems or crises. Unrest and despair will darken the way of even the strongest saint. Yet the Christian—because of the refuge he has in God—should strive to maintain composure and stability in spite of stress and difficulties. We cannot escape the pressures and dark shadows in our lives; but they can be faced with a spiritual strength that our Lord provides. As we are held securely “near to the heart of God,” we find the rest, the comfort, the joy and peace that only Jesus our Redeemer can give. Because of this, we can live every day with an inner calm and courage.
This is the message that Cleland McAfee expressed in this consoling hymn at a t…