Prayer of the Day
God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Matthew 21:23-32; Philippians 2:1-13
“By what authority are you doing these things?” It seems like a reasonable enough question. Jesus has entered Jerusalem in triumph, overturned the tables of the money changers in the Temple, and cursed a fig tree for good measure. What gives Jesus the right to do these things? It may be a reasonable question, but it’s not an honest one. The elders and the chief priests are not curious; they are threatened. Jesus calls them out for their hypocrisy, turning their trap against them with a parable. But the true demonstration of Jesus’ authority will come a few days later when he will empty himself on the cross. By what authority does Jesus do these things? By the only authority that matters, that of the God who knows that true power is no different than self-giving love.
|Entrance Hymn||LBW 248||Dearest Jesus, at Your Word|
|Hymn of the Day||ELW 497||Strengthen for Service, Lord|
|Sending hymn||LBW 504||O God, My Faithful God|
|LBW Lutheran Book of Worship
ELW Evangelical Lutheran Worship
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