Our Sacred Roots: The Priesthood of All Believers
T he S eason after P entecost
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost August 7 - 13, 2022 • Proper 14
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 His Life in Us: A Member of the Body Love One Another, 1 John 4.19-21
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is a God of love, the same who sent his Son to die for us out of his infinite love for his creation. The one who loves, therefore, is the one who has been born of God and truly knows God. Those who do not love do not know God, for he is love. Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and gave us his Son to die for us, and his Spirit as a pledge of his salvation. We are part of a new family where we love one another as Christ has loved us. As God’s beloved children by faith in Jesus Christ, we are called to be imitators of God, to be like our Lord, and to care for others in love. We are, as it were, his members here in this world, as if he were living through us, right here on earth. Through our demonstration of love and good works we show the very character of Christ and the newness of life in his Kingdom.
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