Our Sacred Roots: The Priesthood of All Believers
T he S eason after P entecost
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 17 - 23, 2022 • Proper 11
During “Ordinary Time” (Kingdomtide), we consider God’s saving acts through the unfolding of our days. As Christus Victor, Jesus is exalted at God’s right hand, and he must reign until his enemies are put under his feet. He is the head of the body, the Church, and now he empowers his people to bear witness of his saving grace in the world.
THIS WEEK’S THEME The Great Confession: A Believing Stance Guard the Good Deposit, Jude 3
Jude’s short epistle begins with the change of plans he had on the occasion of writing his letter. “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (v. 3). Although he intended to unpack the depths of “our common salvation,” he changed course to exhort them to do all they could to fight for the faith that had been entrusted to them, that confession which had been given once and for all for them to guard and protect. The Word of God is the truth. The Church has received the scriptural witness to the person and work of the Triune God, focusing especially on Christ and his Kingdom, confessed in our theology, retold and reenacted in our worship, embodied in our spirituality, and continued in our witness. We faithfully believe, live, and teach this message in fresh and creative ways. We entrust it to faithful people who will guard it and entrust it to others.
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