the Word: 11th Sunday after Pentecost

God speaks this week through these scriptures:

Isaiah 51:1-6 – The enduring foundation of God’s salvation
Psalm 138 – “O LORD, your steadfast love endures forever.”
Romans 12:1-8 – One body in Christ, with gifts that differ
Matthew 16:13-20 – The profession of Peter’s faith

In Isaiah the people are bid to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn.

Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world, but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ.

Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter’s bold confession of faith, and Peter receives the “keys of the kingdom.”

God’s word of reconciliation and mercy are keys to the church’s mission. In our baptism it is as if we too have received keys that open God to us and open ourselves to others.

From and Gail Ramshaw.

Come to worship; be opened to the word and at the table. From the table we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

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