Message for this week.
As we gather for worship this Sunday God's word focuses our attention on repentance. Through Ezekiel the Lord makes clear that the matter of turning away from sin has truly life and death consequences. In the Gospel reading Jesus warns the pious Jews of his day that tax collectors and prostitutes–because they believed the Baptizer's preaching of repentance–have entered the kingdom while they remain excluded. We hear the call, "Cast away from [yourselves] all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!" (Ezekiel 18:31). Characteristics of this new spirit are described by St. Paul: "being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. . . . in humility [counting] others more significant than [yourself]" (Philippians 2:2-3). God grant us to sincerely repent and live!
Worship Anew is a weekly minute Lutheran TV broadcast worship service which includes music, Scripture readings, prayers, and a pastor delivering a message. The program is intended for those unable to attend church. It is closed captioned for the hearing impaired, and can be viewed by following this link: http://www.WorshipAnew.org
Higher Things, a ministry to Lutheran youth, provides daily devotions called "Reflections" for youth and their families. These Reflections, which center on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, can be viewed by following this link: https://higherthings.org/reflections/