The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
Warning and Consolation
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn # 199 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
Therefore he speaks thus: “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste? Now therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith Jehovah of hosts:
Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith Jehovah.
- The Ethical Society,
- and all the mainline denominations, every one following the path of the first two. Thus there are some believing Episcopalian clergy, but the apostates rule and barely tolerate the believers.
18. These are even the miracles which have been established from the beginning of the world and daily continue, so that we are entirely overwhelmed by them, without our eyes and senses feeling them, since they are so common that God must at times, as he does here, perform not a greater, but a special miracle, which is extraordinary by which he awakens us and through such an individual and special miracle he shows us and leads us into the daily miracles of the whole world.
This is an old story, which is based on what I gleaned from Luther. I was asked to speak to a very hard-working but anxious colleague at the insurance agency. He was terrified of not making it financially. I asked him about all the basic doctrines of the Faith.
Do you believe God created the Universe?
Do you believed the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary?
Do you believed in His miracles?
Do you believe He died for your sins and rose from the dead?
He answered "Yes" to all those questions.
So I asked, "Do you think this same God who did all these things cannot keep you and your family fed?"
He smiled while tears dripped from his eyes. He knew the contradiction which was plaguing him (the smile) and the reality of God's miraculous care (the tears). That lesson struck me first and I never forgot it, from a sermon 500 years ago, and it deeply affected him, as I heard from our boss too.
The multitude that followed Jesus into the desert were fed spiritually first. They would not have been there except for their faith in Him. And then, without them asking, Jesus fed them with great abundance, miraculously, graciously, to confirm their faith in Him and to care for their bodily needs.
We are facing terrible times in the US and the world. Let us never let go of that faith that took the multitudes into the wilderness where God cared for them.