Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Commemoration: John Eliot
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant John Eliot, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the native peoples of North America. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Psalter: Psalm 89:1-18
Lessons: Joshua 1:1-9, Ephesians 3:1-13, Matthew 8:5-17
No human language is able to express the greatness of this benefit, which God imparts to us through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: with sin wiped out and death destroyed, we may enjoy the vision of God in eternal life, righteousness, and joy. The promise of this benefit is only divinely revealed, as John (1:18) says: "The Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared it to us." For although we are born with some knowledge of the Law, we certainly are not born with knowledge the Gospel. Human reason by itself by no means sees this will of God--that God would send His Son that he might become a sacrificial victim for the church, that God wants to remit sins gratis. These things lie far beyond the scope of human reason. Therefore dicta of the Law ought to be carefully distinguished from the evangelical promise.
Commentary on Romans
Sing Your Praise to the Lord