Opening Hymn: Immortal Invisible God Only Wise
Sentence of the Day
Gradual Hymn: May The Mind of Christ My Saviour
Prayers & Intercessions
Anthem: I Hunger and Thirst (SATB Choir)
Closing Hymn: You servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
Come, let us return to the Lord, that we may live before Him.
Hosea 6:1a, 2b
God of all authority,
enable us to hear your call and do what you ask of us.
Forgive us for judging others,
help us to embrace the outcast and the downtrodden.
Transform our lives so that everything we do may proclaim your generous love.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Lesson: Exodus 17:1-7
Epistle: Philippians 2:1-13
23Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”
24Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”
27So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
28“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
29“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
“The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Praise to Christ the Word.
“By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?” The atmosphere is highly charged. Jesus has ridden into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people have acclaimed him as the Messiah, God’s anointed one, the King. Jesus has taken charge over the Temple courts, driving out the money-changers and those who were buying and selling there. And when he returns to the Temple a second day, he faces the first of a succession of challenges by powerful leaders in Jerusalem... Read more...
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