The Sovereign Love of God
K ingdomtide : R emembering the S aints , E xalting the K ing
Reformation Day Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost October 31 - November 6, 2021 • Proper 26 According to God’s holy promise, the saints of Christ will dine at the marriage supper of the Lamb, a feast of love and communion with the risen Lord and Savior himself. The Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday before Advent, anticipates the day when Christ will reign supreme, and the saints of God will never again leave the presence of their Lord. The greatest commandment of God focuses on our moral duty to love God. Above all other precepts, duties, and commands, the crowning law of all is the command to love God with all of one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength. Loving God with one’s whole being summarizes all other duties, and anchors all that God demands and requires of humankind. As Jesus taught us, it is truly the first and the great command, followed by the second, to love one’s neighbor as oneself. All other commands in Scripture hinge on these two commands alone (Mark 12.29-32). TODAY’S THEME The Greatest Commandment, Deuteronomy 6.1-9
Daily Devotional Guide
Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called disciples and prayed for them to be joined in faith. We pray for Christian churches fromwhich we are separated. Let us never be so sure of ourselves that we condemn the faith of others or refuse reunion with them, but make us ever ready to reach out for more truth, so that your church may be one in the Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ 719 ( Common Book of Worship , p. 812)
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