Last Sunday of the Church Year, A - Ephesians 1:15-23

  Ephesians 1:15–23 (NIV)     15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. 18 I pray that

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Pentecost 25A - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:2 Augsburg Confession Article XVII

  1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:2 (NIV)     13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. 15 According to the Lord’s Word, we tell you that we who

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Pentecost 23A - Romans 13:1-7 Augsburg Confession Article XVI - Civil Government

  Romans 13:1–7 (NIV)   13        Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for

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Pentecost 21A - Romans 3:19-28

  Romans 3:19–28 (NIV)   19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.   21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has

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