Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Collect: Proper 21

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity:  Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we , running to obtain your promise, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit , one God, for ever and ever.  Amen

Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15 . . . Confined in King Zedekiah’s palace in Jerusalem for Prophesying King Zedekiah’s capture by the Chaldeans and the fall of Jerusalem, engages in a prophetic action.
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 . . . A hymn of trust in the Lord
1 Timothy 6:6-19 . . . Paul exhorts Timothy to be strong with virtues in the race of faith, waiting for the appearance of the Lord Jesus.  He warns against the love of money and instructs the rich to be generous and store up the treasure of true life.
Luke 16:19-31 . . . the story of the life and death of a rich man at whose gate lay a poor beggar by the name of Lazarus.

Rev. Dr. Kristin Adkins Whitesides, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Winchester, Virginia, paints a picture for us of the parable in Luke 16:19-31. What can we learn from the rich?  What could he have done differently? How can we respond differently?

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