Luke, Evangelist and Companion of Paul | 10/18/2020
Introduction to the Word and Liturgy for Worship
The Scripture focus for our worship this week is Psalm 147:3 and Luke 4:18-19. Commenting on the Gospel of Luke—with special emphasis on our personal embrace of the Jesus and his Gospel—Bishop J.C. Ryle writes:
Let us take care that we know for ourselves in what light we ought chiefly to regard Christ. It is right and good to reverence Him as very God. It his well to know Him as Head over all things—the mighty Prophet,—the Judge of all,—the King of kings. But we must not rest here, if we hope to be saved. We must know Jesus as the Friend of the poor in spirit, the Physician of the diseased heart, the Deliverer of the soul in bondage. These are the principal offices He came on earth to fulfill. It is in this light we must learn to know Him, and to know Him by inward experience, as well as by the hearing of the ear. Without such knowledge we shall die in our sins.
The Collect of the Day
Almighty God, you called your servant Luke to be an evangelist and physician of the soul: Grant that, by the wholesome medicine of the doctrine he taught, all the diseases of our souls may be healed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
First Reading: 2 Timothy 4:1-13
Psalm 147:1-11 (posted below the Playlist)
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:14-21
(click below on the Spotify Playlist to listen)
1 Praise the Lord, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; *
indeed, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem, *
and gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals those who are broken in heart, *
and binds up their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars, *
and calls them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power; *
indeed, his wisdom is infinite.
6 The Lord lifts up the meek, *
and brings the ungodly down to the ground.
7 O sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; *
sing praises with the harp unto our God,
8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, and prepares rain for the earth, *
and makes the grass to grow upon the mountains,
and plants for the use of men,
9 Who gives food to the cattle *
and feeds the young ravens that call upon him.
10 He has no pleasure in the strength of a horse; *
neither does he delight in any man’s strength.
11 But the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him *
and put their trust in his mercy.
(from the New Coverdale Psalter as found in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer)