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 ​​​​HOLY SPIRIT LUTHERAN CHURCH​​
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2022

NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 


PRAYER OF THE DAY

Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church.
       Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive
       you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. AMEN


FIRST READING

GENESIS 15:1-6
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be
     afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said,
     “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my
     house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no
     offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the
     Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own
     issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven
     and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your
     descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.


PSALM
PSALM 33:12-22

(Response) Let your lovingkindness be upon us, as we place our hope in you.

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord!
Happy the people chosen to be God’s heritage!
The Lord looks down from heaven,
and sees all humankind.
God sits firmly enthroned and watches
all who dwell on the earth.
God fashions all their hearts
and observes all their deeds.
(Response) Let your lovingkindness be upon us, as we place our hope in you.

A king is not saved by the size of the army,
nor are warriors rescued by their great strength.
The horse gives vain hope for victory;
despite its great strength it cannot save.
Truly, your eye is upon those who fear you, O Lord,
upon those who wait for your steadfast love,
to deliver their lives from death,
and to keep them alive in time of famine.
(Response) Let your lovingkindness be upon us, as we place our hope in you.

Our innermost being waits for you, O Lord,
our helper and our shield.
Surely, our heart rejoices in you,
for in your holy name we put our trust.
Let your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we place our hope in you.
(Response) Let your lovingkindness be upon us, as we place our hope in you.


SECOND READING

HEBREWS 11:1-3, 8-16
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
     Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the
     worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from
     things that are not visible.

     By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to
     receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By
     faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land,
     living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same
     promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect
     and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he
     was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful
     who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead,
     descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable
     grains of sand by the seashore.”

     All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a   
     distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers
     and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that
     they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had
     left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a
     better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be
     called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.


GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia. Keep awake and be ready, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Alleluia.


GOSPEL READING

LUKE 12:32-40
[Jesus said:] “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to
       give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for
       yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes
      near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

       “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for
       their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door
       for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the
       master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and
       have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during
       the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

       “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was
       coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be
       ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
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